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Nursing home abuse and neglect includes social media abuse

How many of us use Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat on a daily basis? Many people in Kentucky use these apps on their smartphones frequently, and sometimes do not give much thought to how their posts will affect others. However, this can be a dangerous situation.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is going unreported, audit says

Kentucky residents residing in nursing homes are among our vulnerable population. They are often unable to care for their daily needs, the may be mentally incapacitated and they may suffer from physical ailments. We count on nursing homes to provide quality care for their residents, but unfortunately instances of nursing home abuse and neglect occur all too frequently. In what is disturbing news, according to a government audit over 25 percent of possible incidents of physical and sexual abuse in nursing homes are not reported to police. This is despite a federal law that mandates police be immediately notified of such incidents.

What factors contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect?

It is an unfortunate fact that sometimes our most vulnerable individuals are taken advantage of, neglected or even abused by those who are tasked with caring for them. When we place a loved one in a nursing home, we hope that they will take good care of our loved one. However, nursing home abuse and neglect does occur. It is important, then, for people in Lexington to understand what risk factors contribute to elder abuse.

Can nursing homes in Kentucky make arbitration mandatory?

People in Lexington who enter a nursing home naturally expect that they will receive quality care. Unfortunately, instances of nursing home abuse and neglect do happen. When they do, residents or their families may want to pursue legal action. However, can a nursing home make arbitration mandatory as a condition of admittance?

Antipsychotic misuse linked to nursing home abuse and neglect

Working with people who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's disease has its challenges. However, these individuals still deserve to be treated with care and respect. Kentucky residents may be concerned to hear that some nursing home staff fail to properly care for those with dementia or Alzheimer's disease and, instead, simply sedate these residents with antipsychotic drugs, a practice that can be very dangerous.

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