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Concerns about the care a loved one receives in a nursing home

Even if an Illinois family lives close to a nursing home in which a loved one resides, the time spent with that person at the location can be limited. Without the ability to monitor around the clock, a family must have a level of confidence in the care facility before leaving a loved one there without worrying. Unfortunately, elder abuse is far too prevalent, making it difficult to trust even a seemingly reputable facility.

Statistics indicate that women are more likely to suffer nursing home abuse than men. Age is another factor that suggests risk as older individuals are more likely to suffer neglect or abuse. Without thorough training, even professionals can miss signs of problems. A study conducted in 2000 indicated that the vast majority of nursing home residents had either suffered neglect themselves or had observed the neglect of another resident. Nearly 45 percent of respondents in that study actually affirmed that they had been abused.

Abuse and neglect issues can range from nutrition and hydration problems to bedsores. A recent situation in Michigan involved the beating of a 62-year-old nursing home resident at the hands of a 28-year-old worker. The incident prompted additional reports of abusive behavior in the same facility. However, tracking the issue throughout the nation can be challenging. Additionally, studies addressing the statistics related to elder abuse in nursing homes can be somewhat outdated and inadequate.

Those who are faced with the need to place a loved one in a nursing home may want to research the records of each potential facility to determine how often such incidents have been reported. Additionally, it may be helpful to follow up such research by discussing concerns with a lawyer who is experienced in elder care issues. This may provide an understanding of the signs to look for, both before selecting a facility and after moving a loved one in.

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