Elder abuse is a very real problem across Florida and the United States as the National Council on Aging reports that it affects about one in 10 Americans over 60 years of age. It is a problem that may also continue to grow in the coming years now that a severe, statewide nursing shortage has many medical providers scrambling to employ capable, qualified nurses. The problem is also compounded by the fact that more Americans now have access to insurance than in years past, resulting in more visits to medical providers and higher patient loads for existing nurses.
Though this blog spends a lot of time talking about nursing home neglect, elder abuse, both in individual homes and in nursing homes, is also very common and can be just as damaging. Victims of nursing home abuse can suffer tremendously and, unless proactive steps are taken, the abuse may go unnoticed for a significant period of time. Therefore, those who have a loved one in a nursing home facility should be aware of the different types of elder abuse so that they can be sure to prevent or stop it.
Floridians who wind up in a nursing home should be able to live a happy and healthy life there. In fact, federal regulations give patients certain rights and require institutions to follow strict protocols to ensure resident safe from nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Sadly, though, nursing homes do not always live up to their standard of care. When this happens, residents can suffer serious, life-altering harm and, perhaps, even death. Therefore, it is important to know the types of risk that can be posed in these environments and what can be done if an individual is harmed.
For many Floridians, there comes a time when a family must decide where is best for their elderly loved one to live. Some choose to keep their loved one at home and hire home-based healthcare aides, while others choose a nursing home. Readers of this blog may cringe when they think of moving their loved one into a nursing home, but there are certain aspects of a nursing home that can be checked to help ensure it is safe.
We all love our elderly relatives. However, when the time comes when one realizes that he or she can no longer care for his or her elderly loved one, the difficult choice of whether or not to utilize a nursing home may become necessary. While the decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility can certainly be a beneficial one, it can also be tragic. When we give control of our loved one's health to nursing home staff, they do not always live up to our standards. Sadly, this can result in serious injuries and, sometimes, death.
This blog often discusses nursing home neglect, how to spot signs of neglect, and what can be done if you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home neglect. While that topic is certainly important, it is not, by any means, the only concern elderly individuals should have when residing in a nursing home. Sadly, many nursing home residents are also subjected to elder abuse.
Most Floridians know that the elderly are prone to falling and may experience injuries more easily than younger individuals. However, those who have a loved one in a nursing home or are considering doing so should know that nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect is far too prevalent. In fact, those who live in a nursing home may be exposed to an increased risk of injury.
When a family decides to place a loved one in a nursing home, they often worry about whether their loved one will receive the appropriate monitoring, proper medication, and other necessary medical care. These are important aspects to consider, but they do not represent all the risks the elderly face in nursing homes. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse at the hands of frustrated, tired, and/or mean employees can cause just as much, if not more damage than medical mishaps.
Many times when families are unable to take care of their elderly loved ones, they place the elderly one in a nursing home where she can receive the constant care and attention she needs. Most of these institutions live up to their duties. Sadly, though, some of these homes fail. These shortcomings can result in bedsores, malnutrition, or a nursing home fall.