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.
Although many people do not like to think about it, the reality is that as life expectancy improves because of better medical care some people may eventually require long-term care. Furthermore, the U.S. demographics are changing. Baby boomers are expected to enter retirement and potentially require long-term care in the near future. Thus, it is very important to have a basic understanding of what elder abuse is, individual rights, how to recognize elder abuse and potential legal options.
As people retire and age, they may be concerned with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
Though many people do not want to think about a nursing home for a loved one, there are times when it may not be possible to adequately care for and meet the medical needs of a family member. This could be due to their advanced age, illness or an injury which requires medical care.
Connecticut residents may not find it surprising to learn that the well-established medical and public health infrastructure in the United States has drastically increased life expectancy. According to the CDC, in 2012 there were over 43 million persons aged 65 and older in the country. This demographic of older persons is expected to rapidly grow mainly due to the baby-boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, turning 65.