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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.

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.

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.

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.

3 common causes of falls in nursing homes

Though nursing homes are supposed to provide residents with specialized care to protect their health and wellbeing, there are often hazards present that are more likely to endanger residents than help them. This can lead to slips and falls that seriously injure patients and necessitate emergency medical treatment. What exactly leads to this point, though, and makes falls so common in assisted living?

These 6 kinds of abuse threaten elders in assisted living

Leaving your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is hard enough as it is, but finding that he or she has become a victim of an abusive resident or staff member is devastating. Assisted living abuse can come in a number of forms from violating an elder's privacy to manipulating him or her to provide funds to a staff member for his or her own personal purposes.

How nursing home field trips can lead to injuries

When you look at nursing homes for your parents to live in, two deciding factors might be the level of socialization available and how often your parents can get out. After all, going to the library once a week or being able to see a play every month gives them something to look forward to and can help keep their brains sharper.

How can you recognize elder abuse in assisted living?

In an assisted-living facility or community, the elders who are there can usually take care of themselves. However, there may be times when they need a little help. For that reason, the apartments and homes may have call buttons and nurse lines to help them get assistance when it's needed.

3 medical conditions that can lead to sepsis

Nursing home abuse is one of the most common and tragic threats plaguing the elderly population in America. Families who decide assisted living is the best choice do so trusting that the staff and medical professionals will care for their loved one. Abuse and neglect are the last things you would expect, but unfortunately, one in three residents will experience these — according to ABC News.

How bad can bed sores get?

Pressure sores, also known as bed sores, are a significant injury that can take place if a person doesn't move his or her body often enough. They're common among neglected nursing home residents and those with physical restrictions, since they can't shift their bodies when they feel pressure on a joint or particular area.

Patient-on-patient violence leads to retirement home shut-down

While stories of nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect continue to make headlines in Florida and across the nation, one subject you hear very little about is the violence often perpetrated by one resident against another. However, this is exactly one of the reasons why the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration shut down the Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Williston last December.

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