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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.

Bullying in nursing homes: emotional abuse

Anyone in Kentucky could feel that another person is being a bully, purposefully acting aggressively or in a threatening way. Nursing home residents may be particularly at risk, though. HelpGuide.org points out that physical and mental health issues may keep them from standing up for themselves, and may make them more vulnerable to verbal attacks.

4 types of elder abuse to be aware of

It is a tragic reality that elderly men and women are susceptible to abuse and mistreatment. This is largely because older persons can suffer from declining mental health, and they are often unfamiliar with computers, cellphones and other technologies that offer resources to report or understand abuse. They also can experience physical frailty, isolation and depression, which can affect their ability to protect themselves from ill-intentioned people.

Documenting signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

When a loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home, we expect that they will be treated well and with dignity. After all, the facility is being paid to provide a standard level of care to patients and residents, so family members have the right to expect that standard will be met.

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