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Bedsores and 3 other telltale signs of abuse

If you have entrusted an elderly loved one's care to professionals at a nursing home, you likely did so based on the assumption that a facility would be able to provide better care than you could. Imagine the horror if you were to find out that your loved one had been subjected to abuse and neglect at the hands of those who were committed to their safekeeping. According to ABC News, this is tragically true for as many as one in three nursing home residents. If you suspect such crimes may have been committed, you should pay attention to bed sores and three other potential indicators. 

Physical issues may stem from neglect, not aging

As your loved one grows older, you naturally expect some physical challenges to become apparent. It's an unfortunate part of the aging process. Physical limitations may even be why you put a mother or father in a nursing home to begin with; you were worried that he or she couldn't safely live alone and needed help with daily tasks.

'Person-centered care' the main focus of new nursing home laws

New federal nursing home laws that have recently been passed have been touted as the "most wide-ranging revision of federal rules" that has happened in the last two and a half decades. At their heart is the idea of person-centered care, that focuses on residents and gives them more control.

Shortage of nursing home staff part of the problem

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.

Neglect can be a nightmare with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Disease can be very tough for family members to deal with. While they may take care of a loved one in the early stages, there may come a time when they need to put him or her in a nursing home. Naturally, they expect top-level care around the clock. What they may get, though, is neglect that turns the whole thing into a nightmare.

Key stats that show the danger of falls in nursing homes

You put your loved ones in nursing homes to make sure that they're safe and healthy, to make sure that they get the daily care and assistance they need. This is supposed to improve a person's quality of life. But are you really putting them in danger?

Bed Sores in Nursing Homes - Risk Factors and Prevention

When someone moves into a nursing home, it is usually after a lot of careful consideration by the resident and their family. They go in believing that a nursing home is the best place to care for that person given their current circumstances.

Types of medication errors in nursing homes

Medication errors happen. No one is perfect, and this includes the staff at a nursing home. Typically, though, experts note that the error rate should be below 5 percent, and the staff should work hard to keep it as low as possible. After all, the residents expect a certain level of care and have a right to a healthy living situation. The staff could be liable when negligence violates this right.

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