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Elder abuse is a problem everyone should watch for

When you think of elder abuse, you may not think it's something that could happen to you or someone you love, but the reality is that elder abuse truly is everyone's problem. Everyone gets older, everyone needs help at one time or another and everyone has times when they're vulnerable.

Many times, the problem of elder abuse doesn't come about because of maliciousness but instead because of disrespect and disregard for a person's life and needs. Financial abuse is particularly common. So is physical abuse, which is easily explained away when questioned.

How medication errors happen in Florida nursing homes

Elderly people in Florida nursing homes often have to take various medications. In an ideal world, the home provides regular doctor's visits, up-to-date medical records and attentive staff members who always deliver the correct medication on time and make sure patients take it.

Unfortunately, medication errors happen even in reputable homes. A nursing home can have an error rate of up to 5 percent without falling subject to government consequences. However, in some cases, victims may have recourse through civil suits.

Ask these questions to interview a nursing home

If you're looking into nursing homes and trying to find the right one for your loved one, you may wonder how the nursing home chooses its staff members. If someone retires or quits, how does that person get replaced? Can you trust that the company does all it can to avoid having dangerous staff members?

The reality is that not all nursing homes look for the same things, so you should be asking these questions to the director when you visit the nursing home. The nursing home director should discuss whether or not background checks are performed and how they choose the next replacement for someone who leaves the job.

3 tips for approaching a conversation about elder abuse

Many people know the signs of abuse and how to address them once they're confirmed, but there may be a larger issue: Addressing abuse with your loved ones. As someone who cares about your elderly parents, siblings or other loved ones, you need to get confirmation of abuse before you can do anything else.

Approaching this kind of topic isn't always easy. Your loved one may fear repercussions or not have a clear memory about what happened. There are a few good ways to gather information and to talk to your loved one without rocking the boat, though. Here are three tips:

Be cautious about a nursing home with “special focus status”

Perhaps you have a loved one, possibly your elderly parent, who has reached the point in life where moving into a nursing home seems the best course of action.

Whether you are considering a nursing home here in Florida or a facility in another state, look into its history carefully and be wary of any that carries the “special focus status” designation.

3 signs of abuse in those with dementia

When you have a loved one who has dementia, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the truth from fiction. People with dementia may lash out unexpectedly, and they often get confused. Since that's the case, it can be difficult to know if someone is really hurting your loved one or if he or she is just "seeing" that happen in a kind of dream state.

Since your loved one will likely have trouble telling you if something is wrong, you are the person who needs to monitor their care. People with dementia are at risk of being abused because of being in a vulnerable state. However, by knowing the warning signs of elder abuse, you can take steps to help your loved one escape any dangerous situation. Here are three signs to watch out for:

3 alternatives to a nursing home

If you have a parent or loved one who is aging, it is reasonable to have concerns about his or her well-being and quality of life. This is especially true if (s)he is struggling with memory or experiencing other health problems that necessitate careful attention. A nursing home might seem like the obvious solution, and indeed, there are many that might offer great care options to you.

The unfortunate truth remains, however, that elder abuse is rampant in such environments. According to STAT, much of it goes unreported, too. If you are looking for safer ways to keep your parent's quality of life intact and provide him or her with the care (s)he needs, consider the following three alternatives.

Protect your loved one against elder abuse by recognizing it now

Elder abuse is a horrible type of abuse during which an older person is exposed to physical harm, emotional distress and/or financial losses as a result of manipulation or coercion. Many kinds of abuse exist, these just being a few.

The elderly are prone to abuse due to having an inability to protect themselves. Some elderly individuals have dementia or Alzheimer's disease, making it hard to tell what is and is not happening to him or her. Others have physical impairments that make it hard for them to defend themselves. Still others won't speak out because of a fear of further injury or repercussions.

Get a handle on nursing home abuse quickly with these steps

Nursing home abuse and neglect are horrifying to the families of patients and devastating to the patients themselves. Many times, patients in nursing homes have no way to fight back against physical or emotional abuse. They may retreat into themselves, acting differently than normal and showing signs that something just isn't right.

As a loved one of a patient, it's terrible to think that someone you love is going through abuse of any kind. If you can stop it, you certainly will try. How can you, though? Is there a specific process? Here's a little information to help.

What is elder neglect, and where does it happen?

Elder neglect is a horrible problem that can occur in an elderly person's home, in an assisted-living facility or in hospitals. The elderly are often preyed upon because they are unable to protect themselves. They may feel they can't speak out or are physically unable to do so.

Neglect occurs in a few ways. It can happen when a professional fails to monitor for calls or help-button notifications from patients in a facility. It can happen when a caretaker gets too busy and skips seeing an assisted-living patient for too many days in a row. It can even happen because of laziness or disregard for a person's life.

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