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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect - Possible Signs Your Loved One is a Victim

Nursing Home Abuse Neglect Bedsores Why do bedsores develop? Unerplained Falls and Fractures Falls and fractures in elderly patients can quickly lead to serious consequences, including: Nurses make poor care decisions. A pervasive culture of abuse and neglect at the home may be to blame. infections tissue injuries At some nursing homes, lazy staff have tethered patients with restraints to avoid having to take care of them. strains on muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones depression, agitation These patients literally become prisoners in their own beds. pressure ulcers (resulting from long stays in bed) They can develop uncomfortable sores, which can Clogged Breathing Tubes subsequently become infected and lead to clotting, contusions, full blown body infection, fever, gangrene, loss of muscle tone, and even death. A clogged breathing tube can, within minutes, lead to serious distress, brain injury, and even death in an elderly patient. Malnutrition What are Some Significant diminishment of appetite Warning Signs of Changes to the quality of skin or hair Malnourishment A swelling belly Retention of fluids in tissue (edema) in the Elderly? Here is an Lack of energy, emotional or physical Incomplete List: Inflamed eyelids/ glassy eyes Cracking of lips Swollen thyroid • Disappearing taste buds Hair loss/wiry hair • Strange food cravings Dull, yellow, or lusterless skin Tooth decay Reactive hypoglycemia Poor muscle tone Bleeding or swollen gums Death Wrongful or Inappropriate Care Identifying the precise cause of death can be difficult, particularly in the absence of an autopsy. What Constitutes Wrongful or Inappropriate Care at a Nursing Home? Often, sickly elderly patients present with numerous conditions simultaneously. Failure to provide nutritious meals Failure to provide opportunities for regular exercise and socialization Ignoring a resident's complaints or Common causes of death in concerns nursing homes include dementia/Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, pulmonary problems, and problems resulting from cancer/malignancies. Illegal restraint via Misdiagnosis or mistreatment that could constitute malpractice on the part of attending nurses, physicians or other providers affiliated with the care facility physical or chemical means Medication Errors Unreasonable Restraint Medication errors can stem from a variety of factors, including: What Constitutes 'Restraint'? Physical restraints can include hand and arm restraints, cushions and vests, unmovable lap trays, bed guard rails, and even tightly tucked-in sheets. Administrative confusion • Failure to determine whether secondary interactions among different medications might cause problems Chemical restraints include pharmaceuticals such as sleeping aids, mood stabilizers, and 'extra doses of a patient's normal medication. Use of medication to blunt pain, which results in a failure to Failure to monitor patients for side effects identify the root cause of the pain in time to address it properly • Nurse eror Sepsis Serious, life Threatening Injuries A variety of events can set the stage for Statistical analyses of data on senior injuries and mortality rates highlight some key dangers that American 65 and over face. These include: infection. These can include: Falls and or fractures o Traumatic brain injury • Recent surgery Forced bed rest Wearing physical Automobile accidents restraints Accidents related to fire/smoke inhalation Lack of Wounds from slip Lack of being repositioned in bed Complications of • diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and and falls or regular activity fractures Alzheimer's disease Improperly cut or maintained intravenous lines Generally unsanitary conditions Bedsores and other chronic injuries to soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, or bones Malnourishment /O undemourishment Wounds inflicted by Medical problem that makes it difficult to move, such as Psychosomatic-driven negative . health effects brought on by anxiety, depression, isolation, boredom, or a loss of social abusive, negligent, or reckless nursing home staff inflammation or arthritis support and self-esteem Choking Verbal Belittling Causes can be multi-factorial and might include: What are Some Warning Signs of Emotional and Verbal Abuse? O Poor diet Loud environment at the nursing home, with lots of yelling, roughhousing' among nursing home staff, and general disorderly contact among residents Medications Physical obstruction Rumors of abuse and neglect at the home • Dementia Humiliation of a resident or an employee (e.g. jokes/pranks pulled on residents) Rundown facility O Neurodegenerative diseases Illness or infection • Lack of supervision from nurses or other care providers Complaints from residents and/or family members Serual Harassment Financial Exploitation In What Ways Can Elderly Patients Suffer Financial Exploitation? What are Some Signs and Symptoms of Elderly Sexual Abuse? Here are some classic examples: * Bleeding, broken, or bruised inner thighs or genital region • An unauthorized caregiver or relative changes terms of a will or changes terms on bank * Direct allegations of abuse/harassment accounts, credit cards, and other instruments. * Refusal to discuss life at the nursing home and/or the staff members in charge • A senior complains about "money gone missing" or about being financially manipulated by a caregiver or fiduciary representative. * Strange/inappropriate comments about sex Sudden and mysterious financial transactions appear on a seniors' bank accounts or chequebook statements. Compromised immune system * Worsening of an underlying illness or condition. • A senior lives in a mediocre care facility when he or she could easily afford to be in a much nicer, safer, an engaging environment. * STD acquisition Emotional Trauma (Depression/Anxiety) Typical Causes of Emotional Trauma to Elder Care Patients: Malnutrition Poor air quality O Isolation • Lack of sunlight • Improper medication dosage • Improper administration of medications Lack of opportunity to exercise or meditate • News of the death of a close friend or a family member • Verbal abuse / harassment from nursing home staff or even from other residents Lack of protein and fat in the diet / too many refined carbohydrates in the diet News of a medical problem/ bad news about one's own health prognosis Staff Administration Failure First, regarding diets: Nursing homes have a legal obligation to nourish patients appropriately. If a resident does not get enough nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and dietary supplements; this alone can be grounds for legal action, particularly if it can be shown that failure to administer a healthy diet has exacerbated or caused medical problems. Similarly, if nursing home residents do not get enough fluids, all sorts of health problems can precipitate; these, too, can potentially be actionable. Second, regarding medications: Many medication-related issues can be grounds for legal action, such as: Accidental misdosing of patient Confusing different medications Purposely withholding medication or overdosing patients to sedate Failure to identify or respond to dangerous side effects of medications Withholding medications as a punishment or as a threat E @ChicagoPILawyer f Malman Law in Malman Law 8+ +Malmanlaw MALMAN LAW n. n. n. n. n.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect - Possible Signs Your Loved One is a Victim

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Watch this info-graphic for better understanding the different types of nursing home abuse. Do not let your loved ones suffer silently as a possible victim of nursing home abuse. Look for warning sign...


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