Causes of Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina
The reasons behind nursing home abuse are not well understood, but researchers have identified “risk factors” among nursing home residents. Residents are vulnerable to abuse because they are dependent on nursing home staff and, in many cases, suffer from illnesses or infirmities that make them unable to escape or report their abusers.
The demands of caring for the sick and elderly are stressful and escalate as a patient’s condition deteriorates. Nursing home staff members who lack training, have too many responsibilities, are unsuited for the work, or work under poor conditions may be prone to abusing or neglecting patients.