Nursing home residents and families have suspected it for years, but the proof is in the numbers - nursing home facilities are understaffed. New federal data shows that a majority of nursing homes had far fewer aides and nurses staffed than they reported to Medicare.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed some of the pervasive issues surrounding nursing home abuse in the United States. However, there is another form of elder abuse that is less publicized: the financial exploitation of elderly people by their guardians.
In a previous post, we discussed a common ailment among nursing home residents: bedsores. These are a category of pressure-induced ulcers on the skin, which can be a sign of neglectful treatment by caregivers.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
In the wake of nursing home abuse or neglect allegations, community members and a victim's loved ones are often astonished and left wondering how such deplorable actions could have happened.