Identify and prevent elder neglect and abuse, part 3

To conclude our series of posts about nursing home abuse and negligence, we have a couple of other types of abuse to discuss. When it comes down to it, abuse comes in various forms, with one thing always at the center. An abuser gets a sense of power and control over his or her victims through neglect and abuse.

That sense of control comes at the cost of an elderly person’s safety. Sometimes, nursing home patients even lose their lives as a result of abuse and neglect. Neglect can be just as dangerous and deadly as violence:

Neglect

Elderly patients in a nursing home live in such facilities because they often need special attention and skillful care. Their lives depend on the care they get from the medical professionals or other supposedly trained employees at the home. When nursing home workers fail to properly do their jobs, that is neglect. Possible signs of nursing home neglect are that the elderly patient has bed sores. He or she could also be malnourished, dehydrated and show signs of neglected personal hygiene. It might be evident that the patient’s health conditions are not being properly treated. Also, the environment in which the patient lives might be unfit for healthy and safe living.

In a nursing home facility, employees are hired to give their patients the personal and medical attention that they need. While they should take on that responsibility due to their own ethics and sense of duty, that sadly is not always the case. Loved ones can help stop abuse and negligence by knowing the signs and reporting them if seen. Those with friends or family in a nursing home should keep in regular contact with their loved one in order to better sense any changes in behavior or health.

Reporting any evidence of abuse or neglect to officials can save not just someone’s own loved one but other nursing home patients from maltreatment as well. If someone believes that nursing home negligence or abuse caused the death of their family member, a wrongful death attorney can also play a role in preventing further abuse by trying to hold a facility or its workers accountable for their negligent actions.

Source

The Florida Times-Union: “Warning Signs of Abuse in Later Life,” Oct. 25, 2011



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