Nursing home falls unfortunately do occur. However, this fall could be at the fault of the nursing home. In order to ensure your loved ones are safe, make sure to contact an attorney to see if this nursing home fall could have been avoided. Continue reading “Nursing Home Falls”
Making the decision to transition your parent or elderly relative into a nursing home facility can be a particularly stressful time for families searching for the right facility. Even after selecting a long-term care facility, thoughts about the quality of care that your loved one is receiving may follow you. Incident reports of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes have increased across the United States as facilities competing to fill beds have cut back on the quality of care provided. Signs of elder abuse or neglect can include unexplained injuries or bruising, bedsores, or malnutrition. Continue reading ““Granny Cam” Laws Seek To Protect Against Elder Abuse”
Sometimes a loved one can sustain a bed sore, also known as a pressure sore, in a nursing home or assisted living center. A bedsore is not something that just happens because of old age. Instead, it is a sign of neglect by the nursing home staff. Bed sores typically occur when a patient has been lying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair for too long of a time without being moved or rotated. Continue reading “Bedsores In Nursing Homes Don’t “Just Happen””
When a Silver Alert is issued by police, it means an elderly person is missing and possibly in danger. Frequently, a Silver Alert will be issued because an older adult is missing from an assisted living center or nursing home. Many times, the senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or other forms of mental disabilities which make their safe return even more important. Continue reading “Silver Alerts May Indicate Poor Care Of Senior Citizens”
Moving your parent or other elderly relative to a nursing home is a big decision in your life, and in theirs. After you research different facilities in your area, you find one which seems to be a good fit for your family. But your job is not finished yet – you know how important it is to keep a constant watch over the living conditions where your family member now resides. Continue reading “Nursing Home Negligence: Types of Elder Abuse and What To Do About It”
How can I tell if my loved one has been abused or neglected in their nursing home?
Nursing home neglect or abuse can be difficult to detect, as it is frequently intentionally hidden by caregivers. One of the best things you can do for your relative is be aware of their environment and look for changes in behavior or physical condition. Watch for changes in your loved one’s mood, like withdrawing from you or being depressed. Also, look for signs of physical abuse such a bruises, cuts, sores and infections. Of course an elderly person’s body can be more susceptible to injuries, but ask your relative how the injury occurred. Also, ask nursing home workers for explanations and documentation of what occurred, followup treatment, and steps taken to prevent future injuries. Continue reading “Stopping Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes”