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Unauthorized medication in a nursing home can be deadly

Our blog often discusses how Floridians trust nursing homes to adequately care for their loved ones. "Adequate care" can encompass a lot of different areas. Proper monitoring, nutrition, and hygiene are certainly a part of adequate care, but so too is resident safety and accurate and appropriate administration of medication. Though this may seem simple and obvious, far too many institutions fail to live up to the standard imposed on them, and innocent individuals are left seriously injured.

Nursing home neglect claims require strong representation

Our post last week discussed malnutrition and how it can be spotted. Sadly, far too many elderly individuals fall victim to malnutrition, leaving them susceptible to pain and suffering, rapid weight loss, weakness, memory problems and even death. With so much at stake, it is imperative that those who believe their elderly loved one is malnourished should consider taking legal action if that loved one is in the care of another, like a nursing home.

What is malnutrition and how can I spot it?

There often comes a time when many Floridians have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to admit their elderly loved one into a nursing home. Though many assisted living facilities take great care of their residents, ensuring their health and safety, others do not. These negligent institutions may subject your loved one to abuse, neglect and malnutrition. Therefore, knowing how to spot the signs of malnutrition is crucially important.

What is Adult Protective Services?

Many Floridians who have beloved elderly ones concern themselves with how to ensure those loved ones are properly cared for. They may pay to have their loved one taken care of by professionals in a nursing home, or hire an in-home healthcare worker. In some instances, these elderly individuals move in with family members or decide to remain in their own home and care for themselves. No matter the circumstances, though, elderly individuals can find themselves at risk of harm. Sometimes it comes in the form of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Things Floridians can assess when choosing a nursing home

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.

Should I worry about nursing home malnutrition?

There is a lot to worry about when going into or placing a loved one into a nursing home, and malnutrition is one of them. According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, about one-third of the nation's 1.6 million nursing home residents are malnourished or dehydrated. While many fail to consider these conditions serious, they can actually exacerbate already existing medical conditions, causing a rapid decline in an individual's health. In some instances, extreme malnutrition or dehydration can lead to death.

Strong legal representation needed in Florida negligence cases

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.

Elder abuse is a common occurrence throughout Florida

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.

Understanding bedsores and taking legal action

On the Miami Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we recently discussed the significant number of our elderly who are subjected to nursing home neglect and abuse. Though numbers and statistics may be shocking, they don't really give an accurate portrayal of how devastating nursing home neglect can be for unsuspecting residents.

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