Frequently Asked Questions
For nursing home abuse and elder abuse
Dealing with suspected nursing home abuse and elder abuse of a loved one is difficult enough, and we’re sure you have lots of questions.
Here you’ll find all the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question answered here, or you would like more information, we’re still more than happy to help. We offer free consultations and will go over the details of your case to see what your options are.
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How can I prevent elder abuse?
Being aware of the risks of elder abuse and remaining vigilant are the best ways to prevent harm to your loved ones. The NCEA provides a fact sheet to breaks things down nicely.
Apart from that, simply staying connected to your elderly loved ones goes a long way to keeping them safe. Social isolation is a major risk factor for elder abuse. It’s sad to say that seniors left on their own are vulnerable to abuse—they’re eager to connect with anyone, unable to comprehend what’s happening, and have no one looking out for them.
Make it a point to visit your elderly loved one. Stop by unannounced with flowers or chocolates or a hug. Call them regularly or keep in touch via text. It doesn’t take much, but those little gestures make all the difference.
If you suspect abuse at the hands of a nursing home or long-term care facility, call Lloyd & Lloyd at 918-246-0200.
How common is nursing home abuse?
On average, there are 2.6 falls per nursing home resident per year with 1,800 deaths resulting from falls. Over 200,000 cases of bedsores occur in the United States every year. Nursing home abuse is unfortunately common in the United States.
How can I tell if a fall was preventable?
The fact that elderly people fall more often than others is nothing new. But many nursing home falls can easily be prevented when basic precautions are taken. Bed or chair alarms, bed rails, hip pads, low beds, toileting plans, and more are simple precautions nursing homes should take to reduce the frequency and severity of falls.
What are the symptoms of PEG tube and catheter neglect?
Catheters and PEG tubes are only required in specific medical cases. When they are necessary, they must also follow strict cleaning and changing schedules. Cloudy and brown-colored urine are symptoms of an unchanged catheter. Unfortunately, these symptoms develop over long periods of time. But those symptoms can be fatal once manifested. If your loved one uses a PEG tube or catheter, be sure to ask when the tubes were last cleaned or replaced and make sure a strict schedule is published and followed at the nursing home.
What is a bedsore or pressure ulcer?
There are over 200,000 cases of bedsores per year in the United States. They are the result of continued pressure to the skin and occur most commonly on the heels, hips, and tailbone, but are common on other bony areas of the body. If a resident’s health prevents them from moving often, they can be at risk of developing bedsores. Read more about bedsores here: http://mayocl.in/2hjAKSH
What are the symptoms of malnutrition?
Malnutrition occurs when the body fails to receive enough nutrients. This results most commonly from poor diets. People above 60 years old are at the highest risk of malnutrition. Symptoms include rapid weight loss, dizziness, and fatigue. Read more about senior malnutrition here: http://mayocl.in/1NtxRbP
What are the symptoms of dehydration?
Because adults typically don’t feel thirsty until after they are dehydrated, it can be difficult to self-diagnose dehydration. If a person is experiencing extreme thirst, infrequent urination, dark urine, fatigue, dizziness, or confusion, they might be dehydrated. Read more about dehydration here: http://mayocl.in/2ef9OGz
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