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August 5, 2011

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect (USA)


Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
August 4, 2011

Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are supposed to emphasize healthy living while providing services to make sure elderly citizens live independently. Learn more about the signs of nursing home abuse through the following article

August 04, 2011 /24-7PressRelease

 Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are supposed to emphasize healthy living while providing services to make sure elderly citizens live independently. This may include help with basic needs (including bathing, grooming or dressing) as well as medical care. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable members of our society are mistreated every day, mostly in secret. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that more than 20,000 complaints of neglect or abuse are reported each year, but only 1 in every 14 incidents are actually reported to authorities. With more than one million people living in nursing homes today, it is becoming increasingly important to recognize the signs of nursing home neglect. This article will highlight some critical signs to be wary of.
Falls
Injuries stemming from falls are a telltale sign of neglect. Falls commonly occur as a result of inadequate supervision or assistance. In nursing homes without proper supervision, a resident could suffer severe injuries in a fall, such as broken hips, hands or concussions. Further, a person could lie on the floor for hours without medical attention, thereby causing more harm.
Bedsores

Residents who spend extended periods of time in bed may also be subject to bedsores. Also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores result from unrelieved pressure on a section of the body. When such pressure continues unabated, a painful skin irritation can come about. Bedsores can be quickly relieved if discovered early. However, an unattended bedsore can result in a wound that penetrates the skin. These injuries are directly attributable to a lack of appropriate care and are a sure indicator of neglect.
Poor Nutrition

Malnutrition and dehydration are also indicators of neglect. Most elderly residents are in such facilities because they cannot meet daily nutritional needs on their own. Nursing homes must adhere to a dietary and hydration schedule to prevent the type of weakness and fragility that results in falls. If a resident is not regularly taking in fluids or food, he or she may not be attended to on a consistent basis.
Loved ones concerned about nursing home neglect should be vigilant in monitoring the resident's overall condition and responsiveness. They should also review resident reports on a regular basis and communicate any concerns to facility operators. Also an attorney versed in elder law can explain the rights and options available to nursing home residents and their families.
Article provided by Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP





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