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Medication irregularities may be a sign of nursing home abuse

Even though placing an elderly relative in a nursing home can be a difficult decision, it is often the best strategy for ensuring your loved one receives the care he or she needs. Of course, as individuals age, they often take both prescription and over-the-counter medication to treat illnesses, chronic conditions or injuries. If care providers fail to administer medication correctly, your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse. 

Choosing a nursing home: The right facility matters

Nursing home abuse is a problem that is sometimes hidden. It can be hard to quantify how often it happens because it isn't always reported. People may fear facing repercussions if they report the abuse, and others may not have the capability to report abuse.

Choose the right assisted-living facility with these tips

When you need to place a loved one in an assisted-living facility, there are some things to do to make sure you find the right home for them. The right community is the key to making sure they feel comfortable and get the right care.

Antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes is a danger to some

There is never a time when a nursing home should be using medications to sedate patients when they're just trying to make their jobs easier. Patients are people, and they shouldn't be "managed" with their medications.

Verbal abuse often involves lies

It is very important to remember that people in a position of dependency can face more than just physical abuse issues. They may also suffer from verbal abuse, which can have a drastic impact on their mental and emotional health. Some experts even go so far as to say it leads to "mental anguish."

What should assisted-living facilities provide?

Assisted-living facilities are homes for the elderly or disabled that provide them with housekeeping, cooking and nursing care support. In an assisted-living environment, there may be some elderly or disabled people who do more for themselves than others.

Unexplained weight loss and elder neglect

If your loved one is in an assisted living facility, it is important to watch out for signs of neglect. Remember that the elderly do not always have the ability to communicate to others any issues in the facility, due to either mental or physical difficulties. Your first indication that something is wrong may be a sign that you observe in the resident or the facility itself.

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