Friday, May 8, 2009

Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse

Nursing Home Negligence: Health care providers in nursing home facilities have a professional responsibility to prevent the injury and suffering of their patients. Nursing home abuse can occur when a patient does not receive the care necessary for a good quality of life. It is often difficult for a loved one to express when they have been physically or emotionally abused. Many feel they will be putting a burden on the family member, so too often, they choose to deal with the abuse.
There are signs to look for that may indicate nursing home neglect:
  • Unexplained accidents or injuries,
  • Extreme changes in your loved one’s condition in a short period of time,
  • Signs of dehydration or malnutrition,
  • Bed sores,
  • Unclean conditions,
  • Daily living needs not met,
  • Fractures,
  • Slip and fall accidents,
  • Death, and
  • Any other signs of physical or mental suffering.
Laws now exist to protect patients from nursing home neglect and abuse

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