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Nursing Home Neglect: How to Make Sure Your Elders are Being Taken Care Of

It’s upsetting to think there are members of our elderly population that experience regular neglect, abuse or are victimized in some way. Unfortunately, this is something that occurs daily in the United States. Statistics for elder abuse are maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to their data, over 500,000 elderly adults who are 60 and older experience some level of abuse or neglect each year. This could happen at the hands of relatives or caregivers in a nursing home and more.

Proper Care

Neglect of the elderly in nursing homes can occur in a number of different ways. When a nursing home does not provide their residents with proper attention for medical needs such as cuts, infections and more, this is considered medical negligence. Professionals, like those at Clearfield & Kofsky, know that this could also involve not providing the correct dosage of medication. When an elderly person is ignored and left alone for an extended period of time, this could be social or emotional neglect. Should an elderly person not get clean laundry or help with brushing their teeth, bathing or other types of hygiene, this could qualify as personal hygiene neglect.

Legal Action

A nursing home can be held legally responsible for any abuse or neglect of the elderly in their care. It could involve a personal injury lawsuit being filed. This often happens with the neglect or abuse causes the elderly person harm. The lawsuit could be based on negligent hiring, supervision as well as failure to abide by legally mandated health and safety policies and more.

Preventing Elder Abuse

The most effective way to prevent elder abuse is for their loved ones to be proactive. Family members must remain active in the life of their loved ones at nursing homes. When this is done, it is possible for them to notice anything that could be considered a form of abuse or neglect. If a problem is suspected, the elderly person’s loved ones should bring it to the attention of the nursing home to correct. If this doesn’t work, they should contact an attorney to learn about their rights and options on how to deal with the situation.

It’s unfortunate when the care of an elderly person is beyond those who love them. In many cases, a nursing home is their only option. There is not one single proven method to end all nursing home abuse or neglect. It takes persistent vigilance of their loved ones and others to make certain this is not happening. Should any person witness the abuse of an elderly person, they should report it immediately. In some cases, legal action may need to be taken.

Tim Esterdahl

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