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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can take the form of physical, mental or neglectful abuse by intentionally causing harm or pain to a resident.  Physical abuse may include hitting, slapping, spitting, pushing, forceful feeding, pinching, inappropriate touching, unwanted sexual acts, etc.  Mental nursing home abuse can include unwanted seclusion, verbal abuse, threatening, ridiculing, belittling, etc.

The failure to provide for the reasonable needs of a nursing home resident is considered neglect.  It can include a lack of bathing, lack of personal care, lack of exercise assistance, lack of sanitation, lack of providing needed medications, lack of eating assistance and the omission many other required means of care.

Nursing home abuse can happen to anyone confined to a nursing home.  If you suspect that a relative has been abused or neglected in a nursing home and that person is in immediate danger, the local police should be summoned or the person removed to a hospital emergency room.  There is also an elder care locator hotline, a directory of State ombudsmen, other state agencies and nursing home review boards available to help in correcting care or locating another nursing home and reporting abuse.

Nursing homes are required by law to provide quality care that maintains their resident's wellbeing.  The law makes abuse or neglect a prosecutable criminal act.

Families of nursing home abuse residents may seek civil legal action against a nursing home and its employees suspected of abuse or neglect.  An attorney specializing in elder care and elder abuse can help with the preparation and litigation of such a case.

When nursing home facilities are needed, it is always best to visit several nursing homes in the area.  Make note of the quality of care, the staff to patient ratio, the cleanliness of the facility, that proper facility certifications and inspections are available for review, the quality and tastiness of meals, that eating assistance is available, that meal service is available at normal times and that sufficient activities are available to residents.

 

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Under Trump Rule, Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able To NPR
NPR Under Trump Rule, Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able To NPR The Trump administration is proposing to replace an Obama era rule that would have made it easier for nursing home residents to sue for negligence or abuse. People should be able to sue nursing homes for abuse of elderly patients, lawmakers and activists sayLos Angeles Times Nursing Home Residents Deprived of Right to Sue for Abuse and The National Law Review all 3 news articles raquo

Nursing Home Abuse Is The Health Care Story You Should Be Following HuffPost
HuffPost Nursing Home Abuse Is The Health Care Story You Should be Following HuffPost Last month, the federal government signaled its intention to roll back protections critical to the health, safety and welfare of vulnerable nursing home residents. The rule they want to eliminate bans the use of pre dispute arbitration agreements.

Caregiver Convicted Of Rape In Nursing Home CNN CNN.com CNN
CNN Caregiver convicted of rape in nursing home CNN CNN.com CNN No one believed he would rape nursing home residents. Now he39s going to prison. and more raquo

Ross Bayer: Whitehall Nursing Home Patient Suing For Neglect WPTV.com
WPTV.com Ross Bayer: Whitehall Nursing Home patient suing for neglect WPTV.com A local man has filed a lawsuit against a Boca Raton nursing home, claiming the facility neglected his care so badly, he left the facility only needing more and more raquo

Police: 3 Seattle Brothers Arrested Spent Majority Of Lives Sexually Abusing ...
seattlepi.com Police: 3 Seattle brothers arrested spent majority of lives sexually abusing children KIRO Seattle Police say a family member was cleaning the men39s Green Lake home and discovered what she believed to be materials depicting the sexual abuse of a child. Charging Police arrested 82 year old Charles Lee Emery in a Queen Anne nursing home. Police: Seattle Children39s janitor, brothers hoarded evidence of child seattlepi.com all 14 news articles raquo

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