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Elderly abuse: Questions to ask your relatives in nursing homes

Victims of neglect and abuse at assisted living facilities are often shy to speak up about their experiences. They may be worried that their abusers will make their lives even more difficult if they talk about what's happening. They might even be afraid or embarrassed to tell their own families about the nursing home abuse.

Use these tips to spot elder abuse

Elder abuse is a widespread problem. According to the CDC, approximately 10 percent of people age 60 and older experience abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you have an elderly parent, you may have concerns about his or her safety and overall wellbeing. Whether your parent lives at home, in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, he or she may be at risk of abuse. 

A home care checklist for caretakers helping the elderly

Is your mother or father getting older? You've probably never had to take care of an aging person before. Therefore, it's only natural not to be clear in terms of all the things you need to take care of for this person. To help you be the best caregiver possible, we've compiled a short checklist that will help you give your aging parents the best quality of life:

3 examples of elder neglect

When a vulnerable adult reaches a certain age, he or she could rely entirely on loved ones for financial, emotional and physical support. This is a normal part of the aging process for many, and it doesn't have to be a bad thing, but if the caretaker of the vulnerable adult doesn't perform his or her duties, it can become a terrible and neglectful situation fast.

Seek help if you believe abuse is taking place in assisted living

In an assisted-living facility, the risks of abuse are still prevalent, even though your loved one may be capable of taking care of themselves. Assisted-living facilities help people with their daily activities, like getting dressed, taking a bath or shower or cleaning their rooms, but they don't control every aspect of the elder's life.

What services should you expect to receive in a nursing home?

There is no reason why anyone should be living in a nursing home that fails to provide for their basic needs. The problem is, some Florida residents are neglected, abused and poorly cared for in their nursing homes, even though they are paying an arm and a leg to be there. This is not only unjust, but also immoral and unsupportable.

3 tips to protect the elderly from home health care workers

The problem with having health care workers come into your home is that you have to rely on the agency they work for to do its due diligence in hiring professional and respectful workers. If a worker is late, forgets to visit an elderly person or does not take care of the person while at the home, then it would be very easy for the elderly person to become ill or to suffer other consequences.

Nursing homes should address new injuries with plans for safety

Elder abuse isn't always easy to recognize, but that's a problem that comes down to poor communication in most cases. If you are talking to your loved one regularly and are present in the nursing home community, then the likelihood is that you're going to be there to see what happens.

Florida nursing homes face few penalties despite patient deaths

When you entrust a Florida nursing home with caring for your elderly loved one, you likely do so with the belief that the staff members there will treat and care for your loved one in the same manner you would. Regrettably, however, this is not the case at many such residences across Florida. Often, it is the residents of these facilities, as well as their family members, who suffer the most.

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