Many people worry about contracting an illness or infection. Worries tend to be highest the less control individuals have over others and their environments, such as in assisted living facilities. Recovering from health conditions can prove challenging for some people. This motivates our law firm, Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, to address how often infections lead to sepsis in nursing homes and share what you need to know to minimize your susceptibility to it.
Abuse is when you treat someone with cruelty or violence, usually regularly or repeatedly. In a nursing home, this can present itself in a number of ways, from rude verbal interactions to stealing money from residents, physically attacking residents, preventing them from getting care, and more.
It’s believed that only one in 25 instances of nursing home abuse is actually reported; that’s a reporting rate of only 4%. The residents themselves may be afraid they’ll experience retaliation, they might be embarrassed or ashamed, or they might not be physically or mentally capable of reporting the abuse.
Nursing home abuse claims depend on strong evidence to prove that abuse occurred and caused the injuries a resident suffered. The evidence that can strengthen a nursing home abuse claim varies, and you’ll need the help of an experienced lawyer to identify the proof you need to move forward with your claim.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) has conducted studies showing that approximately one in ten older adults living in a community environment is a victim of abuse. And recent 2021 World Health Organization (WHO) reports indicate that one in six people aged 60 or older experienced abuse in the past year. Sadly, rates of abuse have only increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WHO statistics. After learning how to recognize verbal abuse and its warning signs, reach out to a Jackson, MS nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect that someone you know may have been the victim of verbal abuse.
When your loved one has dementia, you may entrust their care to the professionals in a nursing home. This way, they can be around experienced doctors, nurses, and other caring staff who know how to give your loved one the quality of life they deserve. It’s important to look for a nursing home that can provide your loved one with the care they need. In order to make sure the home is right for your loved one, you should know about the special care considerations needed for dementia patients in nursing homes.
When your loved one is in a nursing home, you may wonder if they’re getting the best care possible. You may have also heard that some nursing homes can mistreat their residents. If your loved one is in a nursing home that has a report of abuse, you may want to move your loved one immediately. Let’s go over the situations where you should consider moving your loved one from their nursing home.
The elderly population contains some of the most vulnerable people in our country. While some older Americans as mentally sharp, physically fit, and able to take care of themselves even late into their lives, others aren’t as fortunate and rely on others for their care. Relying on others can be a gamble because not all caretakers will treat your loved one how they deserve to be treated.
When your loved one is no longer able to care for themselves on their own, or you’re not able to care for them in your home anymore, you resort to trusting a nursing home to provide them with the care that they need. Unfortunately, staffing shortages, too-long hours, and other factors can sometimes lead to your loved one getting subpar, or even abusive, care in their long-term facility. When you notice this happening, you might feel confused because it’s not what you had in mind for your loved one, and you thought this facility would be better.
When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect them to get the best care possible. Learning the professionals in charge of taking care of your loved one have neglected or abused them can be devastating. The first step is to get your loved one in a safe environment if this has happened. After you take care of this, you can start to explore your legal options. A trustworthy attorney from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC can help you get justice for your loved one.
Filing a nursing home abuse claim can become complex. Our lawyers will look into the accounts of what happened to find how your loved one was abused and the injuries they suffered. To make sure your claim is as strong as possible, you may want to be aware of some laws that could affect your Mississippi nursing home abuse claim.
Nursing home facilities are trusted by millions of families to take care of elderly loved ones. When that care is subpar or worse, residents could suffer physically, emotionally, socially, or financially. In regard to their health, the majority of long-term care facility residents take medication to improve or maintain conditions. When medication errors are made, severe reactions could occur or conditions could worsen significantly. It’s possible a neglected resident could end up in the hospital or suffer fatal injuries from the mistake.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 16 to 27 percent of all nursing home residents are victims of medication errors. While death resulting from medication mistakes is rare, other complications are possible. If your loved one is in a nursing home, it’s important to know about the prevalence of medication errors in their facility. They’re more common than many people realize. Understanding why they happen and what the possible effects are can help prevent future mistakes being made.