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Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing homes may be the best places to put aging parents and grandparents who require constant care. Seniors are surrounded by nurses and doctors who are trained to care for them and make sure they are comfortable every day. Although nursing homes can be great places, a few bad apples can ruin everything by neglecting or abusing your relative. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be victims of nursing home abuse, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer today.

Nursing homes are popular destinations for retired adults who live on a fixed income. Often, the cost of living in a nursing home is paid for by Medicaid or Medicare, making nursing homes even more attractive. But if the employees are not paid well enough or they are theyíre unhappy about any other situation, they may choose to retaliate against you or your relative with abusive behavior and or neglect.

Neglect, next to battery and abuse, is the most common mistreatment many nursing homes are guilty of all over the United States. Neglect occurs every time a nursing home resident is put into risk due to deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection from any threats to that adultís health or welfare.

All too often residents of nursing homes are left alone, ignored by staff or left to abusive staff. Sometimes, abusive residents are left unattended and exercise violence against other, unprotected residents. Occasionally staff members fall asleep and leave residents to themselves
 

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Over or under medication
  • Visible cuts, bruises, or welts
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Dehydration, malnutrition, and bedsores
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Infections
  • Broken bones
  • Sudden death

If you see any of these nursing home abuse warning signs, call a nursing home attorney today to become informed of your rights. It is the responsibility of the nursing home management to provide a standard or care for your loved one. Failure to implement standard operating procedures that insure a safe environment for the elderly residents.

Neglect, next to battery and abuse, is the most common mistreatment many nursing homes are guilty of all over the United States. Neglect occurs every time a nursing home resident is put into risk due to deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection from any threats to that adultís health or welfare.

Signs of neglect include, but are not limited to:

  • Bed-sores
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Disregard for daily care practices
  • Failure to protect oneself from safety hazards
  • Lack of caring for personal hygiene
  • Malnutrition
  • No access to medical services
  • Over-medication
  • Under-medication
  • Unsanitary room conditions

To often residents of nursing homes are left alone, ignored by staff or left with abusive staff. Sometimes, abusive residents are left unattended and exercise violence against other, unprotected residents. Occasionally an overworked staff member falls asleep and leave residents to themselves.

Risk factors

There are many circumstances and risk factors that all come into play and make nursing home abuse even possible. Risk factors can be related to the employees, or even the overall condition of the facility, residents and family members. The more risk factors are harbored in relation to one specific nursing home facility, the greater the risk of abuse. Consider some of the following scenario's:

Employee risk factors

  • Absenteeism
  • Financial problems
  • History of family violence
  • Mental illness
  • Poorly trained
  • Power conflicts
  • Social isolation
  • Substance abuse

Facility risk factors

  • Crowding
  • Frequent reorganization
  • High overtime demands
  • Inadequate or uninformed administration
  • Lack of staff training
  • Poor communication
  • Staff shortage
  • Poor building maintenance

Resident risk factors

  • Argumentative
  • Demanding
  • Hostile
  • Intrusive
  • Manipulative
  • Mental illness
  • Passive aggressive
  • Substance abuse

If you suspect  abuse in a nursing home, you should seek medical attention immediately if the circumstances require it. You should then contact the local police. As criminal abuse of the elderly is not acceptable, you should also seek an attorney.

Attorneys specialized in nursing home abuse and neglect have experience in these type of cases and they know the legal rights of the nursing home resident. Not only can those rights be rectified and enforced, but at the same time, legal action can be taken against the nursing home and the abusive staff member particularly. While monetary damages for the abused can be claimed, a lawsuit with adequate consequences may also set an example for other health care institutions, which may then save many others from nursing home abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

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