One of the problems with pressing charges against employees and homes involved in nursing home abuse is that often the victims are unable to testify or even provide investigators with details. Many of the people who live in nursing homes have mental and/or physical disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for them to tell police what happened.
These disabilities also make people who live in care centers easy targets for people who would prey on them. Care centers have a duty to ensure employees are suitable for working with vulnerable people—including hiring people who do not have a record of physical or sexual abuse—but sometimes unethical people get through.
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Even if charges are not laid against a home or employee for nursing home abuse, if the resident or his or her loved ones can show that the abuse occurred, they may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the care home owners, operators and staff. The owners and operators of care homes are legally responsible to provide a safe, clean facility and to provide all the necessities of life, including proper meals, adequate medication and hygiene. Failure to do so, or failure to prevent abuse or neglect from occurring can cause catastrophic injury to residents.