This blog has previously touched on several aspects of nursing home abuse and some of the more specific problems that can occur. Readers may remember that we've discussed the dangers of bedsores to nursing home residents, and the use of restraints in such facilities and the problems such use may create for the people living there. This week, however, let's "pull the camera back" and look at a bit of the bigger picture with regards to what treatment residents of long-term care facilities have a right to expect from those facilities.
This space has previously discussed what signs there may be that a loved one who is in a nursing home or assisted care facility is being abused or neglected. We have also touched on the fact that bedsores, which often are caused by failure of a patient to move, can become serious health problems. One possible cause of such effects is the use of physical or chemical restraints by a nursing facility.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or other care facility can be one of the most upsetting in a person's life. Very often the older individual is resistant to the idea and family members feel guilty, even though the decision really may be for the best. In most instances, the care a person receives in a nursing home is adequate and appropriate for his or needs, but unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer from the effects of neglect.
This blog has previously discussed some of the potential signs that a Connecticut resident who is living in a nursing home may be neglected or abused. While psychological and financial abuse and exploitation are just as bad, physical abuse or neglect can lead to some dire consequences, and sometimes may be most obvious to notice. One of the possible signs of neglect of abuse in a nursing home is bedsores. But are bedsores really that serious?
We have previously touched on the definitions of various types of mistreatment that can occur to the elderly by their caregivers. You may recall that these include abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment. When one suspects that one of these situations applies to a loved one, the emotions elicited can be very strong. So, to whom does one turn for help if one suspects that an older loved one may be the victim of some form of abuse?
This blog has previously discussed the signs and symptoms one can look for that may be indicative of the abuse of a loved one who is in a long-term care facility or nursing home. While lay persons often use the words 'abuse' and 'neglect' interchangeably in such instances, as with many words, the terms have separate meanings in a legal context. Further, there is a third term, 'exploitation,' that also is reportable to the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and might be actionable in court.
When loved ones decide to use a nursing home or assisted care facilities to help care for themselves and their everyday needs, it can be a godsend. There are many nursing homes that offer top-notch medical care and personal attention for older patients who may not be able to live independently anymore. However, sometimes Bridgeport nursing home residents become the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse. When putting together a claim, it may be beneficial to understand some common legal defenses that may be used against you and your loved one.
When making the difficult decision to introduce a loved one to a nursing home, there are many factors to consider. The health and wellbeing of the elderly loved one is always the first priority. Sometimes this means that the elderly needs additional help during the day doing everyday tasks or monitoring their medication or other medical ailments. Most people never even think they their loved one could be susceptible to or exposed to elder abuse.
Nursing homes across the U.S. are charged with the care of the elderly and those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. These are the most vulnerable members of our society. Though many nursing homes provide exceptional care to their residents, there are times when stories of neglect and abuse surface, making many of us wonder what rights nursing home residents and their families have, and what can be done to prevent such incidents of nursing home neglect?
In an effort to raise awareness about the issue of elder abuse the World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse designated June 15 as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day nearly 10 years ago in 2006.