For many people, it is inevitable that the later years of life will be spent living in a nursing home. While society at large has begun to recognize the benefits of "clean" living, especially when it comes to quality of life for senior citizens, there are just too many random occurrences that an affect a person's life. Injuries occur and, particularly in old age, illnesses and diseases can take a toll.
Connecticut residents and those across the U.S. with loved ones in a nursing home need to know that federal requirements could be in flux. A new rule that was meant to protect the elderly in nursing homes might be rolled back, which is concerning as elder abuse is sadly prevalent.
People in Connecticut who are in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities have the right to expect a reasonable standard of care and a staff that is attentive and concerned about their needs. Unfortunately, that does not always form the template of how patients are treated. This applies to any type of facility. The state is responsible for overseeing medical professionals and making certain that they adhere to proper protocols and behave professionally. When this does not happen, patients can suffer personal injury, even death.
Incidents of patient abuse in Connecticut nursing homes can come in various forms. Many are associated with nursing home staff physically assaulting patients, not adhering to a reasonable standard of care and committing other transgressions. However, there are other issues that can arise, and they are often more difficult to see. One that comes up all too often is when patients develop bedsores. Knowing what a bedsore is, how to recognize it and the damage that can accompany them are important for victims and their families.
When placing a loved one in a nursing home in Connecticut, the family of the elderly or infirm person is expecting there to be a reasonable standard of care provided. Unfortunately, there are times when the nursing home staff does not live up to its role as a caregiver and fails to provide the proper liquids and nutrition to the residents. This can lead to dehydration and malnutrition and can result in illness or even death. Families who believe this type of nursing home negligence has taken place need to know how to pursue compensation in a legal filing.
When it becomes necessary for Connecticut residents to place an elderly or infirm loved one in a nursing home, it is not a decision they come to lightly. The goal is to provide sound, expert care. Unfortunately, there are times when a nursing home does not provide the care that is required. It can even reach the level of nursing home abuse. The state authorities regulate these facilities and issue sanctions if there are violations. Families should particularly pay attention to their loved ones to see if there are any issues that might warrant a legal filing.
Medicare and Medicaid are two of the most widely utilized federal programs in Connecticut and other states throughout the country. These programs are meant to help individuals pay for healthcare when they are either older and likely not working, which is when Medicare is often used, or when they have little income or assets regardless of age, which is when Medicaid is frequently sought. One of the services often provided by Medicare especially is helping to pay for long-term care in a certified nursing home. Those Connecticut residents who use this system should know that the federal government mandates that individuals in such homes have certain rights.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy one. Families place their faith in the nursing home that their loved one will receive the best quality of care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. For example, three nursing homes in Connecticut have recently been fined for violations.
When many Connecticut residents hear the word 'abuse' in the context of another person being 'abused,' they usually think about an active, physical act. Punching or hitting someone, for example, may be the kind of abuse most often pictured. While these kinds of overt acts certainly are abuse in most circumstance, there are other, more insidious forms of abuse that exist, and these may be more prevalent, especially when dealing with vulnerable populations such as the elderly.
Everyone knows the population of the United States is aging. Entire news cycles are spent regaling us with statistics and projections of Connecticut's and the remainder of the country's recent penchant for 'greying.' Because of this, in both political and legal circles, the issues that affect older people are becoming more and more visible and important. One of these is the abuse and neglect of people living in long-term care facilities or nursing homes.