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Caring for an elderly loved one who needs special assistance can be complicated, and in-home care is expensive. There are many factors that Kentucky families should take into consideration when searching for nursing facilities. One of the most critical points to consider is adequate staffing for proper care.

Monitoring the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one

You have recently made the decision to put your elderly loved on in a nursing home facility in Kentucky. You and other family members are concerned about being able to provide your loved one with the day-to-day needs of living, as well as guaranteeing that quality medical care is readily accessible at a moment's notice. At Debra L. Broz, we understand the concerns that families face when they turn the care needs of their elderly family members over to someone else. 

Your ombudsman's role in addressing nursing home issues

At Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, in Kentucky, we often provide answers for people who fear that loved ones are in an abusive or neglectful situation in a nursing home. You may want to take an active role in preventing abuse and negligence, or help to ensure that any signs of these are investigated. What can you do to help?

Government oversight does not ensure nursing home safety

You may take comfort from the fact that the federal government has a hand in making sure that nursing homes in Kentucky and across the country comply with safety regulations. This should mean that your loved one is safe as a resident at a local facility. However, the legal team at Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, often handles cases of nursing home and abuse and neglect. How is it that facilities are continuing to put residents in danger, even after supposedly correcting the problems noted in official investigations?

Understanding elder abuse and when to report problems

When families in Kentucky make the difficult decision to put their elderly loved on in a nursing home facility, they place a considerable amount of trust in the staff members to provide compassionate and loyal care. While many nursing homes make it their number one priority to create a comfortable and safe environment for their residents, there are others who are careless and neglect patients which result in unnecessary injuries. 

Is it the nursing home's fault your loved one fell?

Before your grandmother moved to the Kentucky nursing home where she now lives, she fell in her home and broke her hip. With nursing home staff to assist her in her daily living activities and medical help nearby, you may feel that falling should be a thing of the past. If she does fall, should you investigate further or accept that with age comes increased risk?

How are residents hurt in nursing homes?

If you have recently helped your loved one relocate to a nursing home, or are living in a facility yourself, you could have different concerns, from the cost of living in the facility to the emotional impact of relocation. However, there are other problems that can arise in nursing homes and it is essential for you to keep an eye out for any instances of wrongdoing. Sadly, many nursing home residents have sustained an injury due to the negligent behavior of someone else inside a nursing home.

Nursing home residents' rights: Freedom from restraints

Kentucky nursing home residents may have trouble controlling their own movements, and this may be one of the reasons that their families entrusted their care to a skilled nursing facility. However, Medicare.gov notes that with some exceptions, the law prevents nursing home staff from using physical restraints or medication to keep a person from movement or access to his or her own body. Before any restraint can be used, it must be determined as absolutely necessary for the resident's own safety or that of others.

A look at the different types of elder abuse

Each year, many Kentucky families entrust the care of their elderly loved ones to professionals in nursing home facilities. Often, these establishments are capable of providing enhanced care, physical assistance and environmental stability for its residents. However, incidents of elder abuse are not unheard of and a person's familiarity with the types of abuse can help them identify if their loved one is being mistreated. 

Bedsores could be a sign of nursing home neglect

When people decide the time has come to move to a long-term care facility in Kentucky, it is often because mobility issues have made living alone impossible. Being confined to a wheelchair or bed can create difficulties in a nursing home, too, though. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who remain in the same position for too long are at risk for bedsores.

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