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How nursing homes should benefit residents

Nursing homes exist with the intention of maximizing the quality of life of elderly and vulnerable people, like those who are suffering from ill health. They should impose regulations and ways of caring that reduce suffering and increase comfort. While in the vast majority of cases, nursing homes manage to achieve just this, vulnerable people may suffer at the hands of abusive or neglectful staff.

What's recoverable in a nursing home injury claim

Ohio residents who have been hurt by improper conduct at a nursing home may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Before filing, however, it's important to monitor injuries and keep financial records. Expenses to record include hospital, nursing and laboratory fees as well as the cost of any medications and prosthetic devices. One must also anticipate future medical expenses if the injuries have caused long-term disabilities.

Why are so many nursing homes understaffed in Ohio?

Nursing home residents must live in supervised accommodation for a reason: because they are not well enough to be capable of caring for themselves and living independently. Therefore, the nursing home resident has a reliance of the staff in the nursing home to be provided with adequate care. Unfortunately, it has been reported that 90 percent of nursing homes across the United States do not have the adequate amount of staff employed.

Nursing home residents have a right to emotional care

While we often think about nursing home crimes being related to physical or sexual abuse, as well as neglect such as failing to give residents adequate hygiene care, there can also be subtler but just as degrading types of neglect, such as a failure to provide emotional care. All residents in nursing homes have the right to feel safe and supported, and when nursing home caregivers show a distinct lack of this, it can show its effects in profound ways.

The bullying epidemic in nursing homes

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you will want to make sure that the later years of his or her life are filled with comfort, safety and happiness. The nursing home itself has a responsibility to make sure that your loved one is taken care of and made to feel welcome and comfortable. However, unfortunately, this is not the experience of all nursing home residents.

How to spot and stop elder abuse

Over the next 20 years, it is expected that Ohio's population will grow by a meager 2 percent, whereas its elderly population will shoot up by 40 percent. This discrepancy means that elders could be more prone to abuse, especially those in nursing homes. Therefore, it is necessary to learn how to spot abuse and how to put an end to it.

How many dementia residents wander from nursing homes?

Data collected by physican researchers working of a 2012 study published in the Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging journal highlighted some staggering realities as it relates to nursing home residents and their propensity to wander from them.

Protecting nursing home residents from psychological abuse

When a loved one is residing in a nursing home, it is probable that you will be feeling protective over them, and you will want to know that they are being looked after to the highest degree. While signs of physical abuse may be easy to recognize, for example when bruises are discovered on the patient's body, signs of emotional and psychological abuse can be much more difficult to spot.

The effects of understaffing in nursing homes

When concerns are raised about the state of nursing homes, they are usually centered on systematic abuse and neglect. These concerns and horror stories often paint dramatized pictures of inherently mean and spiteful nursing home employees that try and make their patients' lives a living nightmare.

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