NURSING HOME ABUSE

Suing for Neglect in Nursing Homes

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 28th, 2011

Nursing home mistreatment sometimes takes the form of simple neglect. This form of senior abuse can be just as dangerous as outright physical abuse but is oftentimes more difficult to detect. Unfortunately, the signs that make it apparent are sometimes life-threatening.

If you have someone in a nursing home that is the victim of neglect, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit to seek compensation. This is something that you have to discuss with an attorney but, in some cases, they may be able to get a large sum for the victim in the form of a jury award or a settlement.

Detecting Senior Abuse

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 27th, 2011

While it's common to see signs of depression in people who are the victims of elder abuse, there is a more common emotional sign that you'll see in such individuals. One of the characteristic signs of someone being abused is when their emotions simply become very erratic. What makes some types of nursing home mistreatment so insidious is the fact that emotional episodes are sometimes the natural results of aging or of illnesses associated with aging.

Getting Older

People oftentimes suffer degenerative disorders when they age that affect their cognitive abilities. Dementia, senility and other symptoms are all too common. These oftentimes camouflage some pretty common symptoms of abuse and, unfortunately, they sometimes provide cover for abusers.

If your loved one is already suffering from a disorder that has diminished their mental and emotional capacity, it's sometimes hard to notice when they might be suffering at the hands of someone who is abusing them. When they are mentally clear, however, it's a bit easier.

Three Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 13th, 2011

Nursing home negligence means that the nursing home is not living up to reasonable expectations of care. In some cases, neglect in nursing homes can be deadly. Not all cases of negligence involve actual abuse. In some cases, elderly neglect is just as bad, however. Here are three signs to keep an eye out for.

Poor Hygiene

For some people, getting older means that they can no longer take care of their own hygiene needs. This leaves them in a situation where they are utterly dependent upon others to take care of them in this regard and where there are very real dangers to their lives if the people in charge of taking care of them don't live up to expectations. Look for signs that the patient may not be getting bathed as needed. Such situations can lead to infections, illnesses and the worsening of existing conditions.

Homecare and Senior Neglect

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 23rd, 2011

Elderly neglect

caused by homecare workers can be one of the most dangerous of all situations. When this happens in a nursing home, the victim at least has the advantage of there being a lot of other employees around who, hopefully, will notice that something is wrong. When the elder is isolated in their own home, it may be very hard for them to communicate to someone that something is wrong. There are some things you can do to make it easier for them.

Seeing the Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

Submitted by jrlaw on May 16th, 2011

Sometimes, there is no physical abuse to detect in cases where a nursing home is being negligent in the delivery of care to your loved one. This makes it even harder to detect. You may have to sit down and talk with your loved one and, even then, they may not really want to talk about it to you because of embarrassment. Here are some things that you'll want to watch out for.

Temperamental Staff

If you want to get an idea of how your loved one is treated when you're not around, take a look at how the staff treats the other residents at the nursing home. Watch out for staff members that are temperamental, mean or authoritarian. Some elderly people have very severe cognitive impairments and it can be frustrating for most people to deal with them. Nurses and other workers at nursing homes, however, are not most people; they're professional caregivers and should be acting like such.

Psychological Signs of Elder Abuse

Submitted by Anonymous on Mar 15th, 2011

Discovering nursing home mistreatment sometimes requires that you pay attention to your loved one and see if they are exhibiting the psychological signs of someone who is abused. Keep in mind that some of these symptoms can be the symptoms of other disorders, such as depression, anxiety and so forth and that some of them are perfectly natural for people who are living in nursing homes. There are, however, certain symptoms that, when taken together with other signs of abuse, give a rather strong indication that there is some sort of abuse going on.

Withdrawal

It's not uncommon for elderly people to feel a bit withdrawn. Most of them have already gone through the phase of life when most of their friends have died and those friends who are still alive may not be able to stop by regularly to visit. This can lead to profound feelings of isolation and, in some cases, it can lead to personality changes that are predictable given the sense of isolation. If the change is very sudden, however, it may be a sign of abuse. While psychological changes are normal for all individuals as we age, rapid and unpredictable psychological changes are usually signs that something is causing the individual suffering them great distress.

Anger

Get your Social Security Claim Faster

Submitted by Anonymous on Feb 10th, 2011

Get your Social Security Claim Faster

A social security claim can be incredibly frustrating to file. The amount of paperwork needed is intimidating enough and, all too often, people who should get benefits are denied on one technicality or another. In some cases, these individuals don’t bother to pursue the matter further, assuming that there’s no hope the first time they’re rejected.

You can get help with these claims, however, from a legal professional. A lawyer can work with you to determine whether or not your claim is legitimate and, if it is, they can make sure it’s presented in the most advantageous way. This comes from their knowledge of the law. When they know a claim is being turned down for a specious reason, their knowledge of the law allows them to point that out and, in many cases, to get the claim honored by the agency. For those who are at the end of their rope with social security, it may be time to consider talking to an attorney.

How Senior Abuse Happens

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 16th, 2010

Senior abuse is a very common problem. It most often occurs in nursing home settings. It may be the result of incompetence on the part of the staff or the facility or it may be outright cruelty for cruelty’s sake. Getting older oftentimes involves significant changes in how people socialize and, of course, always involves more medical care and more dependence on others for your well-being. This, unfortunately, opens up a lot of doors for abusers. The abuse is sometimes motivated by crime; elders are sometimes stolen from by their caregivers.

Elder abuse in nursing homes can be in the form of physical abuse, the misuse or overuse of medications or may mean simply being isolated and not cared for as needed. Nursing home environments are rich feeding grounds for the sort of people who are willing to exploit the elderly. Many elderly people have items of significant value that they may not notice have been taken. Elderly people sometimes suffer from delusions of being persecuted, as well, and this means that their stories may sometimes not be regarded as true. It is also very easy for an abusive healthcare worker to get an elderly person alone, and this is oftentimes how they find opportunities to hurt older individuals.

Detecting Nursing Home Mistreatment

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 10th, 2010

If you suspect that nursing home mistreatment is affecting your loved one, there are some classic signs to be on the lookout for. Though everyone is an individual, there are some common features to how people react to being abused. Many of these are very recognizable and should be considered cause for concern. You have to balance some of this with the fact that, in our later years, all of us are prone to becoming senile, demented or otherwise mentally compromised. Abuse, however, leaves marks on the body, in many cases, and these may be the best indicators.

Psychologically, senior abuse tends to cause the same wounds as does the abuse of children or domestic abuse. Look for the following:

  • Sudden Depression
  • Withdrawal from Social Activities
  • Confusion
  • Sudden Changes in Personality
  • Unmerited Anger
  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt

Physically, a lot of nursing home negligence and abuse manifests as improperly given or completely skipped treatments. If a condition should be getting better, but isn’t, ask your doctor to take a look and see if something is obviously wrong. Doctors know what to expect out of their treatments and, if they’re not getting the results they do expect, they may be able to track down the cause very quickly.

Keep Moving- Nursing Home Responsibilities in Preventing Elderly Contractures

Submitted by jrlaw on May 12th, 2010

In Dallas, elder abuse cases of contractures caused in nursing homes has become all too common. “Contracture” refers to a medical condition where the legs, feet, arms and hands become stiff and slowly pull toward the body because of the fixed position of the joints. Uncontrolled muscle movement is the most common problem that may result in this condition. Older patients are more likely to suffer from it. You can realize the severity of this condition with the very fact that its treatment requires the patients to go through an aggressive orthopedic surgical procedure. There is typically no other alternative.

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