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Why do staff not report neglect and abuse?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, then you likely rely upon the staff to keep your loved one safe. However, every year, there are reports of neglect and abuse in nursing homes all over New York. Even more frightening are the many cases that go unreported. This may lead you to wonder why the nursing home staff does not report instances of abuse and neglect.

According to Nursing Times, staff members have strong feelings when it comes to abuse and neglect situations. They feel they have valid reasons for not making a report if they suspect something or even see something happen to a resident.

At the top of the list is they fear retaliation if they report a problem. This might come from the nursing home management or other staff members. This leads int the next issue which is the unspoken code of loyalty. Many workers feel they cannot report issues because they would then be telling on their co-workers. Again, this might lead to harsh feelings and make an uncomfortable work environment.

Another common reason is that abuse and neglect occur so often that it is impossible to report every single instance. In this case, a staff member may only report the most severe issues and let the others slide. Finally, some staff members may not think an action constitutes abuse or neglect and therefore feel no need to report it.

While all of these are disheartening if you have a loved one in a nursing home, you can do your part by staying vigilant and insisting on an investigation of any suspicions of abuse or neglect. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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