Example of Nursing Home Abuse: Verbal Abuse from Nursing Home Staff

verbal abuse in Ohio nursing homeWhile it may seem a relatively minor annoyance for an elderly resident to endure verbal abuse from nursing home staff, one should consider the circumstances. Residents are generally not able to simply leave a facility, due to physical limitations. Moreover, they often live with continual discomfort and likely miss their homes.

From this perspective, one may gain a greater appreciation for difficulties residents endured at an Osseo,Wisconsin facility in which reports of verbal abuse have become public. The facility, which is part of the Mayo Clinic Health System, was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services over allegations that nursing staff were rude and verbally abusive to residents.

An administrative officer with the governing corporation stated that their philosophy is to keep the residents first in their minds. He went on to say that in this instance a few employees failed to abide by the company standards. He further indicated that these individuals were no longer with the company.

Along with the employees who committed the acts of verbal abuse, the facility failed because the acts were not immediately reported or dealt with. The facility overall, then, failed to provide an appropriate and respectful living environment for its residents.

The administrative officer suggested that the company is regarding this as a learning experience for nursing staff. The lesson apparently is that they are to remember the residents’ best interests come first.

To be fair, it does seem as though Mayo Clinic Health System has taken steps to correct the problem at this facility. Hopefully their nursing staff will keep in mind that while working with elderly residents may bring challenges, it is a calling that requires patience, empathy, and above all, respect.

If you have a loved one who has been subjected to any kind of verbal abuse or physical abuse  in a nursing home facility anywhere in Ohio, please contact the Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP by calling 1-800-297-9191 for a FREE consultation or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about nursing home abuse and elderly abuse in Ohio, please visit www.stopohionursinghomeabuse.com.

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One Comment on “Example of Nursing Home Abuse: Verbal Abuse from Nursing Home Staff”

  1. dameedithdivine Says:

    This is a serious matter and must be addressed whenever encountered. Thank you for bringing this to the publics attention.


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