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The red flags of a bad nursing home

Most Maryland residents are familiar with nursing homes on some level. Despite how difficult it may be, making the decision to place a loved one in someone else's care is sometimes the best option for everyone involved. The most crucial aspect of this decision, however, is that of the medical professionals and nursing home staff themselves. Can they be trusted? Below are some red flags to watch out for when searching for a new place of residence for an elderly person in need.

Typical signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home

When Maryland residents leave their elderly loved ones in a care facility, they expect that this person will be treated kindly and given what they need to have a happy, healthy life. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Neglect and abuse toward the elderly does occur in nursing homes. Here are signs to look for if you suspect that your loved one is facing either.

What are non-physical forms of assisted living abuse?

If you have a loved one living in an assisted living facility or nursing home in Maryland, it is important to be mindful of potential abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, those who experience abuse face a risk of death that is 300 percent higher than those not abused. Elderly folks living away from family and friends can be placed in vulnerable situations and may not always be able to communicate the presence of neglect and abuse. For this reason, it is important that those around them keep an eye out for flags.

What constitutes nursing home patient abuse?

When you send your loved one to a nursing home or assisted living facility in Maryland, you have every right to expect that he or she will be placed in a safe environment. Unfortunately, cases of abuse do occur. According to the Maryland Attorney General, if you have a complaint that a reasonable standard of care is not being met, the grievance must be investigated within 30 days by the home administrator.

Knowing the facts about elder abuse

Regardless of the type of need or condition, seniors in elder care residences deserve the utmost care and attention. This standard is maintained among most nursing homes in Maryland, but there are some that fail to meet these crucial and basic requirements. When a family member discovers that a loved one's needs are not being met, nursing home professionals are responsible for addressing the issue promptly and appropriately.

How do I tell if nursing home is abusing my grandmother?

Abuse against your grandmother and other Maryland nursing home residents can occur in a number of ways. That is why it is so important that you, as a loved one, use your visits with your grandmother to also keep a keen eye out for such abuse or neglect.

Hospital visit reveals horrific signs of nursing home neglect

It is often said that patient care (particularly care for the elderly) should be a collaborative effort between patients, family members and caregivers. Those who entrust their loved ones to the care of nursing homes may be prepared to work with the staffs of such facilities to ensure residents remain in good health. Stories of residents being combative or refusing food, medicine or other attention may not be uncommon. Yet the only way caregivers can involve a resident's family in overcoming such issues is to share that information. When that does not happen, claims made in defense on such non-disclosures may certainly be met with skepticism. 

Finding the best nursing home for a loved one

Nursing homes are a critical aspect to providing care for Maryland seniors who need around the clock nursing care. Many need long-term care, while others are more temporary, perhaps while recovering from a medical event. But all nursing home facilities are not of the same quality.

How can I spot bedsores?

One of the most common signs of nursing home neglect in Maryland is bedsores. Unfortunately, these are not always easy to spot. The painful, unsightly sores can occur without you ever knowing they are there, even if your loved one is silently suffering. 

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