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Recognize the risk of abuse at your parents' nursing home

In a perfect world, anywhere your parents go for medical help and support as they age would be clean, friendly and accommodating. The staff should have experience and love the job. That's not how the world works, though, and there are cases in which people get hurt or even killed while in a nursing home. You worry about your parents, and it's good to keep out a watchful eye. Here are a few ways to recognize if nursing home abuse could be a risk at the facility you use.

Age is not all that increases fall risks for the elderly

Falls are problematic for the elderly in any situation, contributing to a high amount of injuries and even fatalities every year. This is true both within nursing homes and in other settings. Experts note that the risk naturally rises with issues that stem from normal aging, such as problems with an elderly person's gait or muscle weakness.

What are the top fatal injury causes by age?

Accidents and unintentional injuries lead to an incredible amount of fatalities every year. In some cases, these spark wrongful death lawsuits. It can be eye-opening to look at the reasons for fatal injuries by age group, showing what things are the greatest risk to people of a specific age. When going over these risks below, they'll be contrasted with the risk of death in a motor vehicle accident -- one of the most common reasons behind fatalities annually.

8 signs of nursing home abuse and neglect to be aware of

Nursing home staff members should take care of the residents of the home. Elderly residents who suffer at the hands of these individuals often have a long road to recovery. This includes the time it takes to heal from the physical, mental and emotional trauma they experience. Keep a watchful eye for signs of nursing home abuse and neglect if your loved one is in a nursing home. If you notice these signs, help your loved one stop the abuse or neglect and explore the possibility of seeking compensation.

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