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Nursing Home Abuse Archives

How often do those with dementia wander?

You're putting your loved one in a nursing home because he or she has dementia. Not only is help needed with medication and daily tasks, but you're always worried about forgetfulness, confusion, and wandering. The nursing home has workers who are trained to deal with these issues, helping to confine residents for their own benefit.

Sudden changes could indicate that abuse is taking place

People often worry that they won't know if a loved one is being abused in a nursing home. After all, even if you visit for a few hours every day -- far more than many people visit -- you simply can't be there all of the time. If your loved one won't say anything, perhaps out of shame or because of memory issues, how are you going to know when it's time to step in?

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.

How can bedsores be prevented?

Bedsores can be incredibly painful and they often feel nearly inevitable. When you have limited mobility, the constant pressure on your skin can cause these to develop despite your best efforts, and that same limited mobility can make it nearly impossible for them to heal.

Signs of nursing home abuse: malnutrition and dehydration

When you made the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, one of your biggest reasons was probably to help them get the care and attention they need for both their health and safety. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a sad reality in nursing homes in Chicagoland and across the nation. One type of nursing home abuse or neglect is neglecting the elder resident or not offering proper care to the point they become malnourished or dehydrated.

How to Identify Elder Neglect

Nursing home abuse is all too common throughout the country. Placing your loved ones into the care of others is a difficult choice even under the best of circumstances. No Evanston family should have to wonder if their elder will be cared for properly and protected from elder abuse and neglect.

Inadequate Staffing Leads to Nursing Home Abuse

When we have to make the decision to put our aging family members in a nursing home, we believe it is because they will be taken care of. However, recent studies indicate that neglect and abuse in nursing homes and among elderly care patients is both widespread and growing. It's estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of neglect or abuse gets reported, but as many as 1 in 20 nursing home residents are the victims of abuse. Many residents don't report abuse because they may not be aware they've been victimized or know just what constitutes abuse (psychological, sexual, or financial abuse are hard to notice). Warning signs for abuse or neglect include:

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