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February 2019 Archives

Elderly outbursts and resident-staff relationships

In many cases, senior citizens suffer from mood swings that can lead to angry outbursts. These can happen for a variety of reasons. For instance, if someone has dementia and struggles to remember where they are and what's going on, they can get frustrated by their own confusion.

The elderly are at risk when they face abuse of any kind

Elderly people are often left to struggle with neglect. Sometimes, they're aware that they are being hurt or neglected, but there's little they can do about it. In other cases, these elderly people may be unable to remember that they've been hurt or that they're victims, but they still need help.

How to tell if an elderly loved one is dehydrated

Neglect takes many forms in assisted living facilities. It could lead to physical injuries when the person does not get the assistance they need when walking or showering, for example. It could lead to bedsores when the person does not get moved or rotated often enough.

Assisted-living abuse does happen and must be reported

Assisted living facilities are ideal for many older adults, as they protect some of the independence they want while still providing some care that they need. Assisted living facilities operate in a few ways, depending on which type you choose. Some offer around-the-clock care in a private apartment or residency, while others have nurses who help only with certain tasks throughout the day or on days they're needed.

Before choosing a nursing home, research emergency plans

Perhaps you are in the process of choosing a nursing home for your elderly mother who is no longer mobile and must use a wheelchair. It is a good idea to find out how a nursing home staff handles wheelchair patients and how they treat bed sores, infections and other health issues. It is also a good idea to learn about the emergency plan the nursing home has in place.

Elder neglect is a leading cause of injury and death

You may already be aware that elder neglect is a problem that is faced by many people as they age. Self-neglect is one of the leading causes of injuries in the elderly community. As a result, many families and elderly people turn to nursing homes, assisted-care facilities and home helpers to help them take better care of themselves or their loved ones.

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