Nursing neglect and abuse is a national disgrace. In fact, this is a widespread – and growing – problem in the United States. Analysis of death certificates of individuals who died in California nursing homes from 1986 to 1993 revealed that more than 7%, or 1 in 15, the death of seniors in nursing homes, resulted at least in part, to utter neglect, lack of food or water, untreated bedsores, or other generally prevent complications. From the study, nursing home residents this nation has risen dramatically. If 1.6 million Americans now in nursing homes are dying of questionable causes at the same rate, then every year about 35,000 elderly citizens die early or unnecessary pain, or both. According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 30% of respondents said they would rather die than live in a nursing home.
The US Congress and state legislatures have taken steps to make nursing homes accountable. The federal Nursing Home Reform Act of nursing home must provide “services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psycho-social well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care.” However, you must still be aware of their loved one’s needs, and if necessary, require that nursing respect all of their rights. Below are examples of positive steps you can take to prevent problems and ensure proper care of a nursing home for a relative or friend.
Characteristics of nursing home abuse
It is important to be aware that a loved one can be a victim of abuse or neglect. Most nursing home residents will depend on staff for most or all of their daily needs, including food, water, medicines, toileting, grooming, stimulation and turning.
Although most facilities providing quality care, some cause unnecessary suffering and death. Unfortunately, many residents of the nursing home starved, dehydrated, over-medication, and suffer painful bedsores. Besides, they can be isolated, ignored and deprived of social interaction and stimulation
The following is a list of some kind of nursing home abuse :.
- Assault and battery
- sexual assault and battery
- Unreasonable physical constraint
- Prolonged deprivation of food or water
- The use of physical constraints, such as straps or Bel
- The use of constraints, such as sedatives or hypnotics
- The use of psychotropic or other drugs for any purpose not permitted by a doctor
- Excessive doses of drugs
- withholding needed medication
- confinement room or fixed location
Nursing abuse victimizes the most vulnerable individuals. Although many people can report abuse, some can not even describe what happened. If a relative or friend is a nursing home resident, you can help by watching out for signs of abuse, including
- Unexplained injuries
- inability nursing staff to give a satisfactory explanation of the situation of a resident is
- open wounds, cuts, bruises, welts or bedsores
- slapping, pushing, shaking or beating
- Non-verbal signals from nursing parties that something is wrong, such as:
- Unusual emotional outbursts or excitement
- Extreme withdrawal or lack of communication
- Unusual behavior, such as sucking, biting, rocking, etc.
- humiliating, offensive, intimidating, threatening or ignoring behavior towards family and friends
- Want to be isolated from other
Characteristics of nursing home negligence
Neglect means the negligent failure by any person with care or custody of an elderly or dependent adult to practice to the care of a man in a similar position would take advantage of
Neglect includes, but is not limited to :.
- Failure to provide food, clothing, shelter, or help with personal care
- Failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs
- Failure to protect from health hazards and safety
- Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration
- Failure to provide the necessities of daily life
- Failure to prevent bedsores
- Failure to provide health conditions
- Failure to prevent infections
Common specific examples of nursing home abuse or neglect Injuries
pressure sores are also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores and decubitus ulcers. The primary cause of bedsores is unrelieved pressure to certain parts of the body. They can also occur due to friction, such as rubbing against something like bed sheets, cast, brace, etc., or from prolonged exposure to cold.
the skin tissue directly over bone is a potential site for a bedsores. These areas are the spine, coccyx or “backbone” hips, heels and elbows. The factors that contribute to the formation of bedsores, poor nutrition, poor hygiene, weight loss, diabetes, and dehydration. The least serious kind of bedsores looks like skin discoloration, and may disappear within a few hours to relieve pressure on that area. However, severe bedsores profound wounds, which can extend through the skin tissue of internal organs or bones.
Medical experts have identified as bedsores and burns. As a first-degree burn, mild bedsores may include mild redness of the skin and / or blisters. A third-degree and fourth-degree burn or severe bedsores, may have deep open wound with lots of blackened tissue, called “Esch.” The primary therapeutic years starts with removing all pressure from the affected area, to prevent further deterioration of tissue and promote healing. The victim must be turned or repositioned often and get enriched nutrition. The affected areas should be kept clean, and dead or necrotic tissue should be removed to reduce the risk of infection. Worst bed sores often require surgery, called debridement of dead tissue.
If you suspect that a relative or friend is suffering from bedsores, you need to get immediate medical care for the individual. In addition, help your loved one get legal assistance. Very often, cause severe bedsores from abuse and neglect. Federal regulations confirm that there rarely is a valid medical reason for a bedsores that developed into a massive deep wound, which is known as stage 4 points.
suffocation and strangulation
frail nursing home residents can suffocate or strangle to death in the hospital, if ignored or neglected by nursing homes. Between 1993 and 1996, 74 of these cases reported and probably many more went unreported.
Design side rails in a nursing home bed can contribute to risk. Often side rail slats have distributed six or more inches apart. The space can trap the elderly head, causing him or her to strangle, or allow a thin person to squeeze between the rails and fall to the floor. If the mattress a nursing home does not fit properly in a bed frame, a patient can be trapped and strangle the gap between the mattress and side rail.
fracture or fractures
For the elderly, are the most common cause of fracture. Nursing homes must periodically evaluate each patient; determine their risk for falling, and provide safety and services that each person needs to reduce the risk of injury. Some risk factors are harmful Falls
- Previous falls
- arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- central nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia
- Problems with mobility and gait
- Low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension) when trying to stand up
- bowel or bladder incontinence
- visual impairment (ie macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.)
- The use of restraint
- Medication side effects
- Slipping or falling, as torn or loose rugs or mats
The Cost of Nursing Home abuse or neglect
cost can be very high for the treatment of a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. Often injuries are permanent and may require hospitalization or more medical and nursing care, but your loved one before needed. This can be a particular difficulty for the victim and his or her family. If injuries are the fault of the nursing home, it should have insurance to pay for major bills, other expenses, and compensation for pain and suffering. Sanna on nursing home abuse or neglect cases is a complex process. To succeed, you need a lawyer who is well versed in the complex laws governing these legal actions.