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Study: Nursing home abuse prevalent in the U.S.

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in Maryland and across the country. Nearly 1. 6 million people live in more than 17,000 nursing homes throughout the nation. Feeble and defenseless residents often depend on nursing home staff to take care of them and ensure they are getting everything they need. In a surprising number of instances, however, elderly residents are neglected, mistreated, malnourished and abused.

Identifying types of nursing home medication errors

When you move your elderly loved one into a Maryland nursing care facility, you hope that he or she will be given the proper medical attention. In addition to being fed and bathed regularly, most nursing home residents require a strict medication regimen. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that when nursing home residents do not receive their medication properly, it can cause serious issues that may have life-threatening consequences. Residents could experience malnutrition, organ failure, high blood pressure, blood clots, reduced immune response and other unexpected medical complications from not taking their medication.

Evaluating nursing home standards of care with dementia patients

When people are forced to send their loved ones to live in a nursing home, they want to be sure that the nursing home staff in charge of caring for their elderly friends or family members are competent and compassionate. Unfortunately, negligence and other forms of elderly abuse occur in a number of nursing homes in Maryland, and as a result, many elderly residents are emotionally, financially and physically scarred. In an attempt to minimize this problem, nursing home staff members are held to a certain standard of care in the way they interact with and care for nursing home residents.

How can I justify my suspicions of nursing home neglect?

As those we love age, they can develop needs that require extensive care. For many reasons, the family of the elderly person may not be able to provide the care they require. In those cases, the difficult decision to place their care in the hands of others is made. Sometimes this is the only solution to ensure those we love receive the care they need, and we must decide on the best nursing home for them to live in so that they can be properly cared for. Most nursing homes provide an excellent standard of care, and we are confident in knowing they are well looked after. However, even after careful selection of a home, elder abuse can happen. While the thought of such an occurrence can be extremely difficult to face, it is important that our suspicions are verified early on so that the abuse can stop.

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

One of the most emotional and difficult decisions a person can face is the decision to place a loved one in the care of others. To trust that your family members will be well taken care of, and their health and well-being made a priority is a lot of trust to place in nursing home staff. You have every right to expect a reasonable standard of care for those you love. Sometimes, unfortunately, that trust is misplaced.

Moving loved ones to a nursing home can be a difficult decision

When we think of nursing homes, we may not always think of a bright and cheery environment where our loved ones might want to live, let alone a place where they would receive the same level of care and attention that we would give them at home. However, many nursing homes do just that. They provide safe and caring environments for our loved ones who require additional personal and medical care. This is not just the case for our elderly relatives, such as our moms and dads, but also loved ones who may require extra care due to a permanent disability.

Out-of-state nursing home abuse case grabs attention in Maryland

Most people in Maryland, and elsewhere in the nation, believe the elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in our country. It's perhaps for this very reason that most people consider the neglect and abuse of elderly people to be an incredibly egregious act. We certainly feel this way, which is why we represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in personal injury cases.

Understaffing can lead to neglect in Maryland nursing homes

As our parents age, we start to see a role reversal in which the children now become the care takers. While a majority of our Upper Marlboro readers would be happy to provide this care to their aging loved ones, conflicting priorities and a need to maintain your own income can lead you to one inevitable reality: you may need to put your mother or father in a nursing home.

How improper hand washing could lead to an infection

Many people across Maryland choose nursing home facilities for their aging loved ones because they believe that these facilities will be able to provide the high level of care oftentimes needed as we age. Because such facilities are specialized in providing a high level of health care, we also tend to hold health care professionals to high standards, expecting that few mistakes - if any - will negatively affect our loved ones down the road.

How to recognize the signs of neglect in a nursing home

In most light-hearted movies involving sons or daughters and their elderly parents, a common phrase is said, "Don't put me in a home." We often laugh off this phrase because we associate it with the idea that putting our parents in a nursing home means that we don't care about them, which is likely not true in most cases.

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