NURSING HOME ABUSE

Septic Shock Major Threat to Nursing Home Patients

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

Nursing home patients who are the victims of abuse or neglect are oftentimes at risk for conditions that result from improperly cared for wounds and poor hygiene. Among these conditions is septic shock. Septic shock, a condition arising from sepsis, can be fatal to people of an advanced age. In fact, infections can kill perfectly healthy younger people, so it's easy to see how this could be a threat to older individuals.

Watching for the Signs

Pressure sores, also called bedsores, can easily become infected if they are not treated properly. The sores can actually tunnel far into the body, eventually exposing the inner parts of the body to sources of infection. If you're elderly loved one is sent to the emergency room, make certain that you do inquire as to whether or not sepsis or septic shock was part of the reason why they were brought in.

Bedsores occur because people are not moved around enough when they are bedbound, a situation which is entirely preventable. When bedsores do happen, it's usually because the patient isn't being cared for properly, isn't being cleaned properly and isn't getting out of bed during the day to give their body a rest.

Going After Abusive Nursing Homes

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 2nd, 2012

Elderly people are not the only people who end up in nursing homes or other residential care facilities. In fact, people with mental illnesses and other severe conditions that make it impossible for them to care for themselves oftentimes end up in these facilities. Sometimes, these facilities end up doing far more harm than good. A facility in Texas, for example, was recently implicated in the death of a mentally ill teenager. That teenager – for $650 per day – had a room in a trailer house with six other patients.

Understanding the Complications of Immobility

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 19th, 2012

 

A lot of nursing home abuse and neglect cases involve people who suffer injuries related to immobility. While it might be counterintuitive, being immobile can cause many different types of injuries. These injuries are generally related to not moving around enough or to conditions that are exacerbated by not being able to move around adequately to stay healthy.

Example

Recently, the FBI put out a press release detailing the conditions in a Georgia nursing home that was taking Medicare and Medicaid money but providing inadequate care to residents. In this nursing home, understaffing and a careless environment led to a situation where residents were not given adequate meals, their medical care suffered and they weren't able to enjoy a clean environment. Some immobility related conditions result from poor hygiene. Nursing home residents who cannot take care of their own hygiene anymore oftentimes end up contracting severe illnesses, including infections, because they are not kept clean.

When Nursing Home Abuse is Discovered

Submitted by jrlaw on May 22nd, 2012

 

Nursing home abuse can go on for quite a while before it is discovered in some cases, unfortunately. In a lot of cases, nursing home mistreatment is not visited upon every patient at the nursing home. In fact, there are quite a few cases where one or two patients are singled out by staff members and abused mercilessly and continuously. If your loved one is in a nursing home facility where abuse was discovered, you'll want to take the following measures, among others, to find out what happened.

1: Exam

Depending upon the mental clarity of your loved one, it may be difficult for them to communicate what happened to them. In fact, some elderly people will not even remember being abused if they suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Having a physician examine your loved one to make certain that there are no signs of abuse is the most reliable way to determine if anything was going on physically. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to prove whether there was mental abuse if the patient involved happens to be significantly mentally impaired due to illnesses or very advanced age.

Why You Need to Investigate Home Healthcare for Elders

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2012

The elderly population is, obviously, at a higher risk of suffering victimization of every type due to their physical frailty and sometimes lack of mental clarity. In situations where you have a home care worker coming in to take care of an elderly loved one, you have to be absolutely certain that you take the time to thoroughly investigate the company that provides this service. This can be an involved process but, in the end, it can prevent you from making a tragically wrong decision.

First, make sure you ask the healthcare provider the following:

Suing for Nursing Home Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2012

If somebody in your family is abused in a nursing home facility, the consequences can be grim. In some cases, people end up perishing because they were abused in one of these facilities or because they were not given the treatment that they needed and that they fully expected to get when they entered the facility. In these instances, you may want to consider contacting a lawyer for nursing home abuse. They may be able to help you file a lawsuit over the nursing home mistreatment.

Understanding Lawsuits

Lawsuits are not intended to be used as tools for punishing crimes. If somebody abused your loved one in a nursing home and they broke the law in the process, the authorities will take care of any criminal penalties that need to be brought against the abuser. Filing a lawsuit is about getting compensation for the pain and suffering and the injuries that your loved one has been put through. If there are criminal charges filed against anybody at the nursing home facility, you still do have an option for filing a lawsuit.

Nursing Home Abuse Signs

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2012

It can be very difficult for regular people to detect the signs of nursing home abuse. The reasons for this are very simple. Essentially, most of the people who are in nursing homes are already suffering from significant medical conditions. These medical conditions are often degenerative, making it difficult to tell if somebody's ill health is because of being abused or neglected or simply because of the condition that they're already suffering with. In addition to this, it's oftentimes difficult to tell whether the bruising and other injuries that come from abuse are actually from physical abuse or because of failing health. Here are some things to look for.

Choosing a Nursing Home

Submitted by jrlaw on May 1st, 2012

If you need to stay at a nursing home for your own care or you need to bring a relative to a nursing home, you're facing one of the most important decisions of your life. If you choose the right nursing home, you can rest assured that the patient will enjoy excellent care, plenty of social activities and a generally good quality of life. If you choose the wrong nursing home, you may end up putting your loved one in a situation where they are victimized, abused and, in the worst-case scenario, where they may even end up losing their life due to the negligence of the nursing home operators.

When you are taking a look at nursing homes, be sure you sit down and ask good questions about the level of care, the quality of the staff and the competence of the administration at the facility that you're considering. Here are some sample questions that you may want to ask:

Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 2nd, 2012

Sometimes, abusers can end up causing the death of their victims. In nursing home settings, the patients are more vulnerable to perishing in this way than are patients in other settings. Age, weakened immune systems and extended recovery times from minor problems make elderly people a very high-risk population for being killed from being abused.

Sometimes, there are signs that somebody is being abused but they go unnoticed. In instances where the abuse extends to overmedicating elderly individuals to make them easier to deal with or actual physical or sexual abuse that causes the risk of bodily harm, the abuse may be allowed to go on for far too long because the elderly individual is unable to lodge a credible complaint against their abusers. Abusers know to seek out patients who have dementia, Alzheimer's and other conditions that make them unreliable witnesses and take advantage of that. In some cases, this is how the abuse goes on until the victim actually perishes.

If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 2nd, 2012

If you suspect that abuse is going on in a nursing home facility, you should take certain measures to verify that suspicion and to make certain that your loved one and the other people in the nursing home are safe. You can utilize a variety of resources to get good information and to see what the next step you should take is at any given point that you are looking into the matter.

Doctors

One of the first things you'll want to do is to contact your loved one's physician. The physician can take a look at your family member and determine whether or not there are signs of physical abuse. Physicians are also very knowledgeable about the psychological signs of abuse and can keep an eye out for these, as well. If there are physical signs of abuse, the physician can document them in a way that will serve you well later, in all likelihood.

Syndicate content