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5 Types of Abuse That Are Common in Nursing Homes

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Elderly residents of nursing homes are, unfortunately, vulnerable to abuse. Nursing home abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial.

Negligence, which occurs when nursing homes fail to provide proper care to their residents, is also common.

These are some of the most common forms of abuse seen in long-term care facilities:

older person at the doctorBed Sores

The pressure caused by being in one position for too long can cause bed sores. These sores, which usually develop on bony areas, such as ankles, on the back or sides of the head, or hips, are a sign of negligence. Nursing home staff should be helping residents change position often enough to prevent them from getting bed sores.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Medical staff at nursing homes may overprescribe medications in an attempt to control residents’ behavior. Staff may also give residents drugs that have not been prescribed for them. This is a risky practice that can increase impairment or even be fatal.

Improper Use of Physical Restraints

Physical restraints, such as straps that keep people from falling out of wheelchairs, are helpful when used properly. However, excessive use of physical restraints can harm patients both physically and emotionally.

Dehydration

People of all ages need to drink enough fluids every day to remain healthy, but elderly people are even more sensitive to dehydration than younger people. Nursing home staff need to make sure that residents stay hydrated. When staff is negligent, and residents don’t get the fluids that they need, the residents can deteriorate rapidly. Early signs of dehydration include confusion, rapid breathing, and fainting. Long-term damage from dehydration can cause kidney failure, seizures, or death.

Poor Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for the health of elderly people. Nursing homes need to provide nutritious foods and ensure that residents have enough to eat. Poor nutrition can cause physical and mental deterioration. It can worsen existing health conditions. Over time, it can be fatal.

Get Help If a Loved One Is Being Abused

If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help protect your loved one’s legal rights to be treated with dignity and to receive proper care. Call Garcia & Artigliere at (800) 328-2630 to find out more about how we can help your loved one.

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