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March 2017 Archives

After resident dies, assisted living facility is blamed

The Alpine Adult Care Center, located in Pensacola, Florida, has been accused of negligence after a resident passed away. The warning about the assisted living facility came from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which said it can't admit anyone else while the investigation is going on. As a result, potential new patients have been turned away.

Florida nurse investigated after sexual abuse accusations

Coworkers claim that a nurse in Panama City Beach performed sexual acts with more than one resident at the Provision Living nursing home. He is now being investigated based on those allegations, with the Florida Department of Health carrying out the investigation. The Bay County Sheriff's Office is also involved.

4 chemical restraints that are wrongfully used in nursing homes

If you were told that your loved one had been kept in physical restraints while staying at a nursing home, you would undoubtedly be upset and alarmed. If you were told that they had been chemically restrained, though, you might be unclear about what exactly had occurred. According to NPR, more than 300,000 residents in nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, and the drugs are often misused by staff in an attempt to calm and control seniors. The following four drugs are often used for such purposes. 

Psychological abuse risk factors for the elderly

Nursing home abuse can take many forms. While people often think of physical or even sexual abuse first, it's important to consider psychological abuse as well. This type of abuse can cause unneeded stress or emotional distress, perhaps even leading to depression and other serious issues.

3 questions to ask a loved one in a nursing home

If your loved one is in a nursing home, you want to do what you can to look out for abuse and neglect. Naturally, though, you can't be there all the time. When you visit, you may want to ask questions to see if you spot any red flags. These could include:

3 nursing home employees are alleged to neglected resident

Three former employees of Cherokee Heath and Rebab, a Centre, Alabama, nursing home were arrested on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 on suspicion of having engaged in elder abuse of an 84-year old resident where they worked. The state's attorney general announced the charges after all three women had been successfully taken into custody earlier that day.

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