nursing home neglect and abuse Archives

Nursing home defendants in court

Elderly residents of Ohio nursing homes are entitled to a reasonable standard of care. Deviations from this care is nursing home neglect and abuse which can cause serious injuries and even death. Criminal proceedings were held earlier this month against two of three defendants allegedly responsible for the death of a nursing home resident who froze to death in the facility's courtyard on Jan. 7.

Report uncovers unlicensed and unacceptable nursing homes

Ohio and other states license nursing homes to assure that residents are afforded a reasonable standard of care. However, a recent report revealed that unlicensed nursing homes across the country are committing unacceptable and even illegal acts and compounding the frequency of nursing home neglect and abuse.

Nursing home staffing levels disputed

Proper staffing levels protects against Ohio nursing home neglect and abuse. However, new federal data supports suspicions held by families across the country that most nursing homes had lower numbers of nurses and caretakers on staff than they reported to the government.

Surveillance cameras in nursing home rooms

In many cases, nursing home neglect and abuse takes place behind closed doors and without corroborating witnesses. Some states have laws allowing surveillance cameras in residents' rooms to prevent this. In Ohio and other states, however, there may be legal issues with utilizing these cameras.

A nursing home's hidden abuse

Many forms of nursing home neglect and abuse, such as bed sores or personal injury, are visible and obvious. However, psychological or emotional abuse is a serious form of neglect that is not visible and may be difficult to detect. This abuse is comprised of the infliction of mental suffering, anger, pain or distress on residents that causes harm on how that person feels or thinks. It is caused by words, action or inaction.

How nursing homes can protect their resident from fall deaths

One aspect that many people forget to take into consideration when choosing the right nursing home for their relatives is fall prevention. Seniors often have health, mobility and balance issues that make them fragile and prone to falls. Most nursing homes and retirement centers have measures and staff in place to protect residents from accidents. However, there are a growing number of fall incidents occurring where residents sustain critical injuries and die and nursing home abuse, neglect and wrongful death claims are filed.

What should be in a nursing home inspection?

Victims of nursing home neglect and abuse may take legal action under Ohio law. However, a short but thorough investigation before choosing a facility can help avoid nursing home negligence. An inspection of the grounds can be revealing. Determine whether the location is safe and secure and whether a loved one would feel content and safe sitting outside the buildings. Consider whether residents have nice sitting areas that are being used, whether the garbage dumpsters are reasonably clean and concealed and whether road noise is reasonable.

Nursing home penalties reduced

Late last year, the federal government announced that it is reducing the use of fines against nursing homes where residents suffered harm or faced the serious risk of injury. Guidelines put in place by the previous administration, intended to sanction nursing home neglect and abuse, were reversed.Under the new guidelines, regulators are discouraged from imposing fines in some situations. These will even include times where there is a resident death.

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