Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Archives

Three signs of mistreatment by a caregiver

As we’ve reported in this blog before, abuse in senior living facilities is a disturbingly common problem in the United States. You want to do everything possible to protect your loved one and advocate on their behalf if you suspect wrongdoing. However, if certain factors are preventing your loved one from opening up about their abuse or neglect, it can sometimes be difficult to spot.

Unauthorized use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

Antipsychotic drugs are a category of drug designed to treat severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The drugs have an incredibly powerful sedative effect, which can render a patient virtually catatonic. They are only meant to treat patients suffering from a psychotic episode involving such symptoms as hallucinations and delusions. They are not intended to be a catch-all sedative treatment for non-psychotic patients expressing pain or distress.

How Congress is trying to change elder care in nursing homes

Congress is currently pushing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) to amend recent changes to regulations addressing nursing home care. The move has sparked heated debate on both sides. Here is the issue in brief:

Are bed sores an indicator of nursing home neglect?

Issues of neglect in Ohio nursing homes have been gaining media attention lately. While some indicators of neglect can be difficult to recognize, others are easier to spot. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, consider checking them for bedsores. Not only could bedsores be evidence of potential neglect, but left untreated, they can also pose serious health risks.

Resident care concerns in Ohio nursing homes

The issue of elder abuse in senior living communities has been making headlines recently. Earlier this year, The Plain Dealer published an in-depth investigative report addressing issues of sub-standard care and elder abuse in local nursing homes. The series identified Ohio senior living facilities as ranking among the lowest in the country for quality of care.

Patients receiving in-home hospice care subjected to neglect

When a loved one receives hospice care, the hope is that he or she will receive the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual care and support needed in their final weeks and days. It is undoubtedly an upsetting time for everyone involved, and hospice services are supposed to make the situation a little less painful.

8 nursing home residents die after air conditioning failure

During regular tours or visits to a nursing home, the facility may seem well taken care of. Staffing levels can be appropriate; it can look neat and clean; residents may seem calm and well attended. However, a facility may not be as safe and attentive as it seems in times when these features prove to be the most critical.

Report: One-quarter of serious abuse cases are unreported

Our elderly loved ones may require more care and services than family or friends can provide. Under these circumstances, it can be necessary to place them in facilities that are equipped to handle the needs of people who may be very sick, immobile, unable to communicate or suffering from dementia.

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