Posts made in June, 2017

If Nursing Home Abuse is Committed, Justice will have to be Served

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Elder Abuse

Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that there are about 1.4 million residents living in about 15,700 registered nursing home facilities all across the U.S. Residents include: elders, usually 65 years old; individuals who, because of an illness (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s), require extra care and assistance; and, those needing rehabilitation therapies.

Thousands of nursing homes, however, do not have the needed number or personnel that would enable these to provide quality care. Thus, instead of genuine care and physical/emotional comfort, many residents rather, suffer physical, emotional, sexual (and even financial) abuses from aides and staff who complain of being over-worked and stressed-out.

Among the types of abuses suffered by nursing home residents, sexual abuse is the most wicked and most humiliating; however, due to shame, threats and difficulty on the part of the abused in explaining his/her unpleasant experience (for fear of being suspected of simply suffering from dementia), this abuse becomes the least reported, besides being very hard to detect.

Fondling, forced nudity, display of pornographic materials, forcing another resident to touch or kiss the victim and forced penetrative acts often accompany this type of abuse. Often, the defense mechanism of sexual victims, to make it appear, as well as convince themselves, that nothing is really happening is by warding-off any thoughts about the abuse and casting an appearance of calmness and composure. There is a way of detecting sexual abuse, though, such as by being observant of a loved one’s disposition during each visit. It is common for sexually abused residents to have a sudden change in their attitude or behavior, to be over-sensitive to touch, to have unexplained scars, and to display fear.

Nursing homes are meant to be a relaxing resort-style living for the elderly to pass their days. However, many nursing homes prey on the handicaps of the elderly. This abuse can take many shapes and forms and causes serious harm to the elderly. Perhaps the most devastating consequence of the abuse is the psychological harm that is inflicted onto the victim. Only time can heal the mental damage that prolonged abuse causes, and some elderly people may not have the time necessary to fully recover.

Nursing home abuse is a crime and many states charge abusers with felony if proven guilty. Trusting anybody with loved ones is a difficult thing, but when this trust is betrayed and people are hurt, justice needs to be served.


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Possible Issues in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Elder Abuse

Before putting a loved one in a nursing home, it is important to be informed of the possible risks. Of course, these risks are not inherent, but rather the result of a negligent party, who is usually the nursing home staff.
According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, those who have loved ones that have been victims of nursing home negligence may take legal action, including pursuing compensation from the damages sustained.
But how can a nursing home be negligent? Below are some of the most common manifestations of negligence in nursing homes.


Elders are very vulnerable to abusive behaviors, primarily because they are physically and mentally limited to defend themselves. The most common abuse is physical, wherein the patients receive incidental force. This usually happens during restraining, so you may see your loved one with bruises and wounds on wrists, ankles, and other body parts that are typically restrained.
Maybe the nursing home staff is power tripping, or maybe he or she is just stressed out because of the nursing home’s inability to provide more staff for the huge number of residents. Either way, your loved one is still the person that suffers.
Other forms of abuse are emotional, psychological, and even sexual and financial.


You put your loved one in a nursing home so he can get the care he deserves, but sometimes, he really doesn’t get that care, because the nursing home staff is incompetent, or again, the nursing home has very limited staff so they cannot cater to the needs of everybody at the same time. So, some patients tend to be neglected.
The most common manifestations of neglect include dehydration, malnutrition, poor hygiene, and the lack of medical care for those who need specific medical attention, such as for those with Alzheimer’s.
All these manifestations can have negative effects on the overall health of the patients, so the very goal why you put your loved one in a nursing home is not accomplished.

Incompetent Management

Before you put your loved one in a nursing home, observe the place first. Determine whether it has the adequate number of staff to accommodate all patients effectively or not. Look into the patients and see if they appear to be properly cared for. Look at the facilities and check if they are clean, safe, and sufficient for the needs of your loved one. These are the most common management issues associated with nursing homes, so if you are not careful, your loved one may not view that place as a home in the long run.

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