As we conclude the Fourth of July weekend, reflecting on the military veterans who’ve valiantly served our country seems more than appropriate. One of the most discouraging situations across the United States is the awful reality that many, many of those brave men and women that put their lives on the line for all of us find themselves without adequate healthcare. These include veterans who receive thoroughly unsatisfactory care and protection at nursing homes and other types of skilled living facilities created specifically to “meet their needs.” The grim story of what happened at the Holyoake Soldiers Home in the city of the same name in Massachusetts is just one in an ever-growing list of veterans nursing homes and similar types of facilities.
Complete Breakdown at the Soldiers Home in Holyoake
Holyoake, Massachusetts, is a lovely, bucolic community. The closely knit enclave is home to the Soldiers Home in Holyoake. Founded in 1952 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Holyoake Soldiers Home contends that its mission is to provide “care with honor and dignity in the best possible health care environment for eligible veterans who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
Sadly, the Holyoake Soldiers Home arguably has failed to live up to its proclamation to provide care to men and women who gallantly served in our nation’s military with honor and dignity. Indeed, the level of care at the Holyoake Soldiers Home appears to be so profoundly deficient that numerous veterans residing in the facility died recently as the result of what can generally be classified as a healthcare associated infection. A healthcare associated infection is one that occurs due to the spread of germs in a medical or similar type of facility. A common example is the Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA infection. The situation at Holyoake was a rather wide-ranging collapse in safety protocols at the facility.
The reality is that dangerous infections wreaking havoc on men and women in nursing and skilled living centers for veterans are not a new problem. The dreadful MRSA infection is a prime example of a powerful infections that regularly cause harm to and even kill veterans in assisted living and similar types of centers.
Every day men and women who fought for our country now find themselves fighting for their lives because of negligence or even misconduct at nursing homes, skilled living facilities, and assisted living centers across the United States. Proper protocols regarding germs like MRSA that oftentimes can be found in nursing homes and other facilities are among the major reasons why many residents become ill, even fatally so.
Recurring Types of Negligence in Veterans Care Centers
In addition to providing appropriate infection controls at these types of centers, other types of more commonplace negligence and mistreatment found in these facilities for veterans include:
- Lack of proper nourishment for residents
- Improper use of medications
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Lack of proper hygienic care or assistance
- Failure to assist with routine movement and exercise
- Financial misdealing and theft
Sadly, there are other types of negligent and abuse situations as well.
Your Legal Rights in a Nursing Home Negligence Case
If you are a veteran who has suffered injuries as the result of neglect or abuse at nursing home or assisted living facility– or as oftentimes more likely is the case, if you’ve a family member in such a situation – The Doan Law Firm is here to help. You can schedule an initial consultation with a nursing home negligence lawyer from our firm by calling (800) 349-0000. We understand the urgent nature of these types of situations and keep our nursing home neglect hotline staffed around the clock, each and every day of the year.
We are a nationwide law firm, with offices located from coast to coast. We can also arrange a virtual initial consultation and case evaluation with a skilled, experienced nursing home negligence lawyer online as well. There is no charge for an initial consult.
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