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Abuse in the Nursing Home

When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you would think they would receive quality care and attention from those taking care of them. Although this is the case most of the time, abuse in nursing homes is far too common. Many times your loved one is not capable of telling you what is going on, but if you know what to look for, it will be much easier to get down to the bottom of what is going on when it is not visiting hours. Physical abuse can occur in a few different ways. Battery is what usually first comes to mind, but unnecessary restraint and malnutrition constitute as physical abuse as well. Pay careful attention to your loved one’s skin and check for bruises. Also, if they have lost a significant amount of weight, do some investigating, because it is possible they have been malnourished. Mental and psychological abuse can happen, especially when the caregiver is impatient. Verbal abuse, forced isolation, and humiliation are all considered forms of mental and physical abuse. Signs your loved one is experiencing this type of abuse are drastic negative changes in mood, appetite loss, and unusual rate of memory loss. Sexual abuse from both ends of the spectrum is...

Nursing Homes: Acts of Abuse and Neglect

Records released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May of 2014 say that there are 16,100 nursing home facilities in the US (a little above 15,000 facilities are certified) and the current number of residents total to 1.5 million. Another record, from the American Association for Justice, shows that 90% of nursing homes lack the required number of staff to be able to provide sufficient care – such an alarming news, considering the fact that higher rates of abuses have been more prevalent in facilities, whether nursing homes or home care, where staff and resources are lacking. Nursing home residents include the elderly, usually those 65 years old or above, people who are physically or mentally incapacitated, or needing rehabilitative therapies due to an illness or an accident and those who need extra care, like Alzheimer patients. Weakened by age or incapacitated by illness, these people turn, instead, to staff and nurses for help even for the most basic activities, such as eating, bathing, toileting and so forth. Reports gathered by the American Association for Justice also show that only one out of ten abuses is usually reported to authorities, hiding the real number of cruel acts against the elderly and other residents. Silence from those...
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