Moving from one's own home into a residential nursing home or care facility can be a difficult step for a Bridgeport resident and their family. As previously discussed on this legal blog, there are a number of things that families should look for when such a move becomes a necessity. However, once they have settled their loved one into their new home, that individual has important rights to be treated fairly and with respect.
Nursing home abuse is important to understand because it is so serious. If you or your family has been impacted by nursing home abuse or neglect, you may wonder what exactly is considered nursing home neglect and what you can do about it. There are an estimated 3.2 Americans in approximately 17,000 nursing homes throughout the country so nursing home abuse and neglect can impact many patients.
People who have been injured or neglected in a nursing home in Connecticut -- or their family members -- may feel like victims who don't have any options. Some may even think that the abuse or neglect in question is just part of the care that a person receives at a nursing home or assisted-living facility. But, these individuals and families need to think differently. Their situations matter, and their potential legal case against the nursing home matters.
If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you may wonder what resources area available to you to help. When a loved one is entrusted to the care of a nursing home, there is a reasonable expectation that the loved one will be properly cared for and will not suffer harm. When that is not the case, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with legal protections to help guard against nursing home abuse.
With all of the reports about nursing home abuse and neglect that our readers see, it can be intimidating when the time comes for them to actually make a choice for a loved one to stay at a nursing home or assisted living facility. But, in general, most of these facilities are doing their jobs the right way. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't certain things to look for when choosing an assisted living facility or nursing home. So, how should you go about making this choice with a loved one?
Previous posts here have warned about the potential danger that is present for elderly Connecticut residents who live in nursing homes. While the vast majority of nursing homes and their staff members are attentive and careful to provide for residents' needs, the unfortunate reality is that there will always be some that cross the line. According to a recent report, that is exactly what the authorities in Connecticut discovered in six nursing homes that were fined for injuries and endangerment to residents.
When Connecticut residents help their elderly relatives pick a nursing home to live in, they do so with an eye on who works in those facilities - and whether or not they can be trusted. After all, as previous posts here have noted, there are too many stories about ghastly incidents occurring in nursing homes to make such an important decision haphazardly.
When Connecticut residents hear the term elder abuse, they likely envision physical abuse against an elderly person. But, elder abuse can come in many other forms as well, particularly when an elderly person is a resident of a nursing home.
There are many different types of medications that Americans use today. Some address physical health conditions, while others address mental health conditions. But, what happens if prescription medications are used in ways that weren't intended? According to a recent report, nursing homes throughout the country are using anti-psychotics to sedate residents, and they are doing it with disturbing frequency.
Many Connecticut residents have elderly relatives who live in nursing homes. For the most part, these facilities provide excellent care for elderly individuals who simply cannot complete some day-to-day tasks because of their advanced age. For some, it is because they have physical limitations. For others, mental issues may cloud their ability to function.