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What steps can I take to file a nursing home abuse claim in Ohio?

It can be hard to imagine a loved one being neglected or suffering abuse while in the care of an Ohio nursing home facility. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happens every day, and causes many elderly people to suffer physically and emotionally. If a family member has been mistreated in a nursing home, you can file a civil claim against those responsible for negligently caring for your loved one. The purpose of a civil claim is to recover damages to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs stemming from the abuse.

Webcams in nursing homes may help prevent elder abuse

Over one million elderly adults reportedly live in nursing homes all across America but, unfortunately, many of them are not getting the care they deserve. Families often leave their loved ones in elder care living facilities, trusting that they will be treated with respect, only to later discover that their loved ones have been physically, emotionally or sexually assaulted by staff members.

Nursing home abuse and filing a civil action

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy task. While it is difficult to remove a loved one from their home, there is likely some relief knowing that this family member is cared for and watched after. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes meet the standards that they are required to and provide the care that is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents. Nursing home abuse is a serious situation that causes harm to elderly residents, even taking the lives of some.

Nursing home suicides climb, according to report

Suicide deaths among older adults, reflecting the national trend among all age groups, are climbing. Older Americans residing in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes are part of this troubling trend, according to a six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour. This raises the issue of whether facilities are engaged in nursing home neglect and abuse by failing to recognize warning signs and preventing suicide.

Feds cite Xenia nursing home

Nursing homes are legally required to provide a reasonable level of care and treat residents with dignity. The federal government and Ohio can impose numerous penalties for nursing home neglect and abuse. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently gave notice to a Xenia nursing home that it will not make Medicare and Medicaid payments to the facility because of several citations over patient care.

Ohio nursing home staff criminally charged

Nursing home residents are entitled to dignified and professional care. When this does not occur, nursing home neglect abuse can have devastating consequences. Criminal charges were recently filed against six Columbus nursing home employees and a contracted nurse practitioner after the neglected two patients who were under their care. One patient died.

Bedrails may cause nursing home injuries

Any injury in an Ohio nursing home can cause serious injury or even death to elderly residents. One seemingly unexpected source of these injuries are bedrails that are used extensively on nursing home beds. Failure to assure the safety of these devices may constitute nursing home neglect and abuse.

Government orders more weekend nursing home inspections

Measures to assure the safety of nursing home residents may have had the weekend off. In order to lower the hospitalization of residents, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will increase weekend inspections of nursing homes by state survey agencies reviewing the quality of care and resident safety. The CMS undertook this action after Congressional concerns were expressed over nursing home neglect and abuse.

Central Ohio nursing home subject to investigation

Nursing home care can help elderly individuals live healthy and dignified lives. Failing to meet this important responsibility, however, can have terrible consequences. One case that serves to prove this point involves complaints by the family of a 90-year-old resident that have caused state authorities to investigate a central Ohio facility for alleged nursing home neglect and abuse.

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