Many people are aware that abuse and neglect do occur in nursing home facilities, but who commits these acts? A person may just think that a nurse is the one being neglectful or abusive towards the resident, but the truth is that many employees within the long-term care facility could be attributed to the abuse and neglect of the elder person. Learning exactly who was neglectful and abusive is needed in order to file a claim against the appropriate party.
Sometimes, learning who exactly is the responsible party will make the investigation process much simpler and faster. The Miami firm of abuse and neglect attorneys will help with the investigation process and remove some of the stress that the victim and their family already have on them. Long-term care facilities have direct care employees and indirect care employees. Both the direct and indirect employees can abuse an elderly resident.
It is important to understand what role each employee plays with the resident and how it is that they interact with them on a day to day basis. Knowledge of the employees can play a key role when a nursing home abuse case is suspected.
Employees Who Work At Long-Term Care Facilities
Here are some of the following individuals that typically work in nursing homes:
Registered Nurses: A registered nurse has the responsibility to assess the needs of the resident in the long-term care facility. The RN must be licensed to work in the state where they plan on working. A registered nurse will usually require two to six years of education, depending on which state they are practicing in.
Licensed Practical Nurses: The licensed practical nurses work with the registered nurse to implement the treatment and care that the resident will need. The licensed practical nurse will be required to have at least one year of training.
Certified Nursing Assistants: A certified nursing assistant will help with the daily activities of the resident like bathing, eating, and even dressing. A nursing assistant must complete a nurse assistant training within four months of their employment date. Additionally, while working, they must do continual education every year that they are employed.
Dietician: A qualified dietician must be present in every long-term care facility, if there is no dietician that works in the nursing home full-time, then a director of the food service must be present.
Administration/Support: These employees do not play a large role in the everyday function of a resident, however, they can equally abuse a resident. These employees include janitors, groundskeepers, maintenance employees, and coordinators.
Understanding the Role that Each Employee Plays
When the role of the employee is understood, it is easier to comprehend what type of abuse and neglect the resident has suffered. The Miami nursing home abuse lawyers and his partners of skilled personal injury lawyers are capable of handling any case of abuse or neglect that a resident has endured. Call them today. Do not wait until the statute of limitations has been exceeded.