Nursing home neglect and abuse is a serious problem in many of the nation's nursing homes and assisted living centers. Our seniors should never have to deal with neglect and abuse on any level. If it does occur, though, who can help?
Whether it be neglecting a nursing home resident's basis hygiene, not rendering necessary assistance with eating, or forcing them to remain bedridden because no accommodations are made for their mobility; these are just some of the many examples of nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, there are many others though as well.
Dehydration is one of the biggest problems that the elderly face in assisted living centers. On its own, it does not necessarily mean that a resident is being abused or neglected, but it can be a warning sign that family members need to watch out for. It could mean that the staff is not giving the person adequate food and water and is therefore neglecting to meet their needs properly.
The National Center for Elder Abuse reports that two groups of people are abused in nursing homes more than others. These are older residents and female residents. In addition, the NCEA also reported that during a three-year period, a third of U.S. nursing homes received citations for violating federal standards. Violations where residents were in danger of serious injury or death occurred in one in 10 nursing homes.
It's been said that very few medical settings are as challenging as the nursing home. Almost all patients have multiple medical issues, for example, making it chaotic and complex. On top of that, 70 percent of those in nursing homes are dealing with some level of cognitive impairment.
Nursing home abuse and neglect are horrible actions that put people who count on others to care for them in danger. The dangers are horrible and can lead to elderly patients being harmed or even killed. In our previous blog post, we discussed the horror of psychological abuse and how this abuse is far too common in nursing homes.
Thinking of abuse in nursing homes might conjure images of bruises and other signs of physical abuse. It might shock you to learn that physical abuse isn't the most common type of abuse in nursing homes. Psychological abuse accounts for 54.1 percent of all abuse claims in nursing homes in this country.
Older Americans who are in nursing homes are placed in a precarious position. These elderly people have usually lived very full lives. They are usually accustomed to staying very active. Many of them were independent until the day they moved into the nursing home. Now, all of a sudden, they are depending on others for care. They might feel like they are burdens. That is bad enough on its own, but when they are subjected to abusive and neglectful behavior from the nursing home caregivers, the situation is much worse.
Nursing home abuse and neglect are very serious issues that affect some of our society's most vulnerable people. A new trend has emerged that is rather disturbing because it places these most vulnerable people in an even more vulnerable spot. This new trend is posting pictures of nursing home residents on social media.
Your loved one has lived a long life and now has to turn to a nursing home to help carry out daily life tasks. Nursing homes are often looked at as a safe haven for the elderly. However, that is not always the case. When your loved one is placed in a nursing home where negligence and abuse occur, swift action is necessary to prevent your loved one from suffering further injuries.