Adult neglect, also known as elder or dependent neglect, threatens the lives of those who are most vulnerable. Caregivers who work with these individuals are meant to be providing them with much-needed protection and support, but instead, they neglect these people and hurt their chances of living comfortably and without injuries.
Nursing home residents are some of the most fragile and vulnerable individuals in the United States, and they deserve excellent care and assistance in their living facilities. Unfortunately, they too often suffer from neglect and even outright abuse.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most debilitating conditions affecting the elderly and their loved ones. A recent study reported that two-thirds of those residing in nursing homes are struggling with some form of dementia. Unfortunately, these patients are among the most vulnerable to elder abuse.
Elder abuse is one of the worst things that can happen to your elderly loved one. They're often unable to fight back against the abuse, and they may be worried about speaking up in fear that they will be harmed or face further trouble.
Neglect can have a drastic impact on the elderly in many different ways. They may not get the medication they need, they may not get assistance with difficult tasks and they may suffer from dehydration and malnutrition. It all depends on the specifics of the case.
If passed, a new bill that is currently making its way through the state Senate would allow Florida nursing homes to dial back the care they give to residents. The changes would mostly affect the amount of care certified nursing assistants provide.
Nationally, there are many victims of nursing home abuse. Some are assault victims, while others are victims of physical or psychological abuse.
When you put your loved one in a nursing home, you expect that they will not be neglected and that they will get proper care. It goes beyond human decency and compassion. That is literally what the workers are getting paid to do. It's just professionalism.
Placing your loved one into a nursing home or assisted-living facility is a major step. You know that it could be positive for them, but if it's the wrong place or the wrong people working with your loved one, things could also go wrong.
When visiting your aging mother in the nursing home, you notice that she does not seem well. Her color is off, and she has not gotten out of bed. Her mobility is declining, but so is her overall health. She seems in pain, but you do not know what is causing it.
There is some frightening news out of Florida lately, at least if you live in a nursing home or have a loved one who does. The realities of neglect and abuse have never been clearer.