Nursing Home Neglect Archives

Recognizing signs of elder abuse

It is hard for most to imagine that anyone would do anything to harm loved ones who are elderly. As hard as it is to acknowledge, this does sadly happen—possibly more than most realize. According to one individual who prosecutes criminal cases involving victims who are elderly and disabled, elder abuse is underreported. For those who do not yet reside in nursing homes this could be due to trying to avoid that as an outcome.

Do you know how to prevent elder abuse?

No one wants to see a loved one hurt at the hands of the care providers who are paid to provide that care. Unfortunately, that alone is not enough to stop that from happening and elderly individuals are hurt or neglected all too frequently. This abuse and neglect can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional and financial. There are things people can do to try to prevent such incidents from occurring.

Pressure ulcers could be a sign of nursing home neglect

There are many different things that could be a symptom of nursing home neglect. One of those things is the presence of bedsores. Pressure ulcers can appear in any patients who do not move a sufficient amount of time including those in hospitals and nursing homes.

Theft of resident medication may constitute nursing home neglect

Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. While bruises and broken bones may be the first thing that comes to mind, the abuse residents endure may not leave any physical evidence. An example of this is the theft of resident medication.

How does Alabama define elder abuse and neglect?

When it comes to seeking damages for personal injury, a lot depends on having a clear understanding of the definitions of words. However, it's not enough to know how Webster's dictionary defines something. The critical definition is the one that is spelled out in the text of the law that deals specifically with the issue in question.

Nursing home resident abuse suspected? Who you gonna call?

Suspecting abuse and neglect of a loved one at the hands of staff at an Alabama long-term care facility is a challenging issue to have to address. Regular readers of this blog know we try to speak about this subject on a regular basis.

4-month search ends in arrest of missing nursing home worker

We have written before about the concerns many in Alabama have about the care -- or rather the lack thereof -- which too many vulnerable loved ones experience in nursing homes. Despite federal and state laws defining minimum standards of care, neglect and abuse does happen.

Nurses restrained with "arrest authority" in Alabama

A Dec. 1 news report points out an interesting fact: in most hospitals and doctors' offices, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, nurses are the ones who tend to be most often in contact with patients. When a nurse makes a mistake, it can be devastating for a patient, leading to various injuries or even death. When a mistake happens, that nurse may have to answer to the Alabama Board of Nursing.

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