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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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Madison Township Assisted Living Administrator Sentenced For Deadly Patient A...
News Herald.com Madison Township assisted living administrator sentenced for deadly patient abuse News Herald.com Madison Township assisted living administrator sentenced for deadly patient abuse. Alice Ramsey, former administrator of a Madison Township nursing home, reads a statement Jan. 17 in Lake County Common Pleas Court. Ramsey received three years in prison

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Minneapolis Star Tribune Trump policy shift endangers Minnesota39s crackdown on elder Minneapolis Star Tribune New directives call for rolling back federal penalties on nursing homes violating health and safety rules. and more raquo

Minnesota Health Chief Out After Reports Of Abuse At Stateaposs Nursing McK...
Woodbury Bulletin Minnesota health chief out after reports of abuse at state39s nursing McKnightaposs Long Term Care News Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, M.D., M.S.P.H., resigned suddenly Tuesday, following several media reports that criticized his agency for failing to protect seniors from neglect and abuse. Minn. health chief abruptly resigns amid reports that nursing home complaints not investigatedWoodbury Bulletin Minnesota governor reiterates commitment to elder abuse McKnightaposs Senior Living all 4 news articles raquo

Israeli Police Uncover New Cases Of Elderly Abuse In Nursing Homes The Jeru...
The Jerusalem Post Israeli Police uncover new cases of elderly abuse in nursing homes The Jerusalem Post Video footage of abuse of elderly residents, some in their 90s, at two nursing homes in Petah Tikvah and in Rehovot, was released by police. and more raquo

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