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What are common signs and types of elder abuse?

While it might seem natural to place an aging loved one in a nursing home, it is b no means an easy step to take. Although it is ideal to care for a loved one when it is clear that he or she can no longer care for him or herself, this is not always feasible. In these matters, a nursing home can be an excellent way for loved ones to obtain the care they need. Many of these facilities are perfectly safe, providing adequate care. Unfortunately, some do not meet this standard, as the negligence and ill acts of employees may result in elder abuse.

What are common signs and types of elder abuse? With regards to physical abuse, one should look for unexplained bruises, injuries, broken bones or marks on their bodies. These injuries could also be the result of the failure to give the required medication, using restrains and even drugging a resident with unnecessary medication. When it comes to neglect, this can look like failing to change their clothing, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, clipping nails, not helping to get them to the bathroom, bed sores, not giving medications as prescribed by the doctor or failing to provide basic needs or the attention needed.

Malnutrition is a major problem in nursing homes, as the elderly have a variety of nutritional needs. Failing to provide meals that meet these needs deprives them of essential nutrients. This also means having staff aware of a resident's dental problems and well as the side effects of medication, such as nausea, vomiting or decreased appetite. And with malnutrition comes dehydration as well. When a resident does not have access to adequate fluids, dehydration could occur. This could result in serious medical problems or even death.

Finally, a nursing home resident could suffer harm because of medication errors. If a nursing home is understaffed or properly trained, this could result in employees failing to give patients their medication, giving out the wrong medication, failing to give the correct dose or giving the wrong type of medication to a patient that has special needs, such as require medication in liquid form because he or she cannot swallow a pill.

If nursing home or abuse is going on, it is important that family members know what this entails and what it could look like. Taking steps to file an action could help stop the abuse from occurring and assist with the recover of damages for harm and losses suffered.

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