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3 common types of nursing home injuries

Claims of nursing home abuse and accidents are at an all-time high in Rochester. This a major concern for many seniors who live in them and people who are looking for a safe environment for their elderly loved ones. Anyone who is considering senior care facilities for their elderly loved ones should make themselves aware of the kinds of nursing home injuries that can occur.

New York law on nursing home elder abuse

Sometimes you cannot help but take an elderly loved one to a nursing home, especially when they need specialized care. The nursing home parts with a lump sum of your earnings every year. Therefore, it is only just for the home to look after the residents keenly. Some proprietors neglect their premises in a bid to maximize profits, subjecting the home dwellers to the risk of sustaining nursing home injuries. The nursing home staff must exhibit a reasonable standard of care. However, understaffing in some homes leads to elder abuse as the few employees available are overwhelmed by the work.

What to do when facing abuse in a nursing home

Putting yourself or a loved one in a nursing home can be a stressful task which often becomes the last resort for struggling families. Most nursing homes provide a nourishing and caring environment. However, in rare cases nursing homes may become breeding grounds for abuse.

Nursing home injuries may stem from a variety of abuses

After careful research, a person may find a nursing facility that seems welcoming and orderly, and may even feel a certain peace of mind when his or her loved one is settled in. However, it is important to keep in mind that nursing home injuries are not uncommon, and being aware of the signs and prevalence of abuse may allow one to intervene before serious harm is done.

Should I worry about falls in nursing homes?

When people go to live in a nursing home, it usually means they are older and in need of more assistance than the rest of the population, comprised of people who are still able to live on their own. Bearing this in mind, a substantial amount of trust must be put into the caregivers and medical staff at a nursing home and hopefully, that trust is deserved. And yet, with more than 14 million elderly patients in nursing homes and nearly 3 falls averaged per resident each year, it is more than disconcerting to realize that falls can be extremely dangerous and even fatal.

Dismal study results for elder care

With age comes a feebleness and vulnerability you may have rarely experienced in the majority of your life. However, when you do begin to live in days where your body doesn't function properly anymore, and you require the assistance of a caregiver, you certainly hope to find someone or some people with whom you can confidently place your trust. However, if your trust must go to people outside of your family, and you must pay for the day-to-day care you are given, you may have well-founded fears.

The age of abuse

Elder abuse is an unimaginable offense that has been going on for decades. It first came to be recognized as an issue of growing concern in the 1970s, and nursing homes have, since then, seen greater regulations and supervision. Even now, the problem may be understated. Research conducted by the US General Accountability Office demonstrated that among surveys conducted on a statewide level, there were commonly minimized problems occurring in licensed facilities. The study indicated that surveys commonly miss one or more deficiency as well as immediate jeopardy and harm of a resident of a nursing home.

If a person falls in a nursing home, does anyone hear?

We all hope that a nursing home will be an enjoyable place where we play cards and chat with friends while someone else reminds us to take our medicine, helps us get around and serves us three square meals a day. That should be the case. Even when our health fails and game playing becomes less likely, we should still count on the assistance we need. However, sometimes this doesn't happen the way we intend it. We all want to make sure that our loved ones are taken care of correctly.

Advocating for one who advocated for you

There was a time when you felt totally safe. A time when your heaviest problems were whether or not you were going to get to stay up late enough to watch a favorite show or whether you would be grounded for bombing that math quiz. The feeling of safety stemmed from having a parent, or parents, who took your upbringing seriously and looked out for you, protected you and taught you the ways of the world and to be savvy and avoid potentially bad people and any harm. They sheltered you and allowed you to be a child. Now your parents or grandparents are aging, they are vulnerable, becoming increasingly feeble, and it is your turn to shield them from harm and potentially bad people.

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