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Who Can Administer Medication in a Nursing Home?

Published on Sep 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect them to receive the best care possible. Included in that care are different staff members who are able to do different tasks for your loved one. But not every staff member can do everything for your loved one. Some actions require a higher level of training or certification, like administering medication.

If your loved one doesn’t get their medication on time or by the correct staff member, they could be experiencing nursing home abuse. Nobody deserves to be mistreated, especially older people who require specific care. A lawyer from Golden Law Office will fight for your loved one to ensure that they get the compensation they deserve.

Determining the Safest Nursing Homes in Kentucky

Published on Sep 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When it comes time for your loved one to enter into a nursing home, determining the safest facility for them in Kentucky can be a challenge. With nearly 300 facilities in the state, you may feel overwhelmed when researching locations. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to families that can help you make the right decision for your loved one.

In order to come to a confident decision regarding your family member’s nursing home, let’s take a look at what the facilities are like in Kentucky, what happens when a facility is cited for abuse or neglect and where you can find that information, and how to ultimately decide which facility is safest.

Who Is Responsible for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Death?

Published on Jan 30, 2020 at 5:18 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When it comes time to move a loved one into a nursing home, it’s not uncommon for questions regarding quality of life and time left to arise—especially if there are serious medical conditions or illnesses. Regardless, you expect that facility to provide your family member with everything they need to live comfortably and well. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

What Are the Similarities Between Child Abuse and Elder Abuse?

Published on Nov 26, 2019 at 8:09 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When individuals think about those most at risk for abuse, children come to mind first. This is probably because of their age and the lack of agency that comes with being young. There is, however, another large group of the population that is at risk for abuse—senior citizens. Elder abuse is a prevalent issue, especially in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Despite drastic age and status differences, there are similarities between child abuse and elder abuse. Being both major medical and societal concerns in the United States and all over the world, it’s important to have an understanding of why the abuse happens, its effects, and what can be done to protect victims and those at risk.

The Dangers of Poor Oral Hygiene in a Nursing Home

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you trust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you expect only the best care to be provided. Some long-term care facilities provide just that, but sadly, not all of them supply optimal care for all of their residents. In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that 95% of nursing home residents they interviewed had experienced neglect or witnessed another resident be neglected.

When residents aren’t being neglected, staff is typically more focused on other health problems that might seem more pressing than dental hygiene. Even if patients have dental insurance or complain of pain, many staff members at nursing homes are not prepared to address dental health problems. But in the elderly, poor dental health can cause a quick decline in overall health.

How Often Are Seniors in Nursing Homes Left Unmonitored?

Published on Sep 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you trust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you expect they’ll receive the same level of care that you would give them. Plenty of other people think the same way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.3 million residents in United States nursing homes.

Even though amazing care is expected, that’s not always what is enacted in these facilities. There are high rates of neglect in long term care facilities, according to The United States Department of Justice. Even still, neglect is underreported in elder care. Nursing home abuse and neglect can be hard to spot, but unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence, even in Lexington.

What Can We Do as a Society to Prevent Elder Abuse?

Published on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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Seniors in nursing homes are sometimes subject to abuse when the facility is negligent. This could be from not having enough staff to take care of their residents or if there is a malicious person working for the home. In any case, it’s a terrible thing to learn that your loved one has gone through elder abuse. While holding negligent individuals accountable for their actions will help, you may be wondering if there are any other ways that elder abuse can be prevented. There are a few tips that will help you stay in touch with your loved one and make it less likely for them to be abused or neglected.

How Safe Is Your Loved One’s Skilled Nursing Facility?

Published on May 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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Choosing a skilled nursing facility for your loved one can be a difficult decision. It’s likely there are a number of facilities nearby to choose from, and determining which one is safest isn’t always an easy task. You want the best for your loved one, and they deserve to live in a facility that provides them access to the physical, mental, emotional, and social resources they need to live a high-quality life.

If you’re looking to find the safest option for your family member, there are state and federal resources you can turn to. In addition to that, there are things you can look out for when you visit establishments for the first time and when you return to see your loved one.

How Do Mandatory Reporting Laws Work in Kentucky?

Published on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be given the best care so they stay healthy and can enjoy their life in the home. However, if you see something that seems off, you may be wondering if you should report it. In Kentucky, you need to report signs of abuse or danger. While this may be scary, it’s going to benefit your loved one and make sure they get the help they need. Then, you can seek justice for them with a nursing home abuse claim.

At Golden Law Office, we understand how precarious this situation can be, but we will be with you every step of the way to provide all the help and support that we can. We’ll make sure to fight for your loved one’s rights and to do everything possible to get them a fair settlement.

Why Isn’t Elder Abuse Reported More Often?

Published on Feb 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

It can be difficult to realize that as our family members age, they can become vulnerable to different types of abuse – especially when those are the individuals we’ve looked up to our entire lives. There are a number of factors that increase a person’s risk for abuse – especially when they live in a long-term care facility like a nursing home. Unfortunately, it’s a rare occurrence for an abused senior to report what’s been done to them.

It’s known that approximately one in ten Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of abuse; however, it’s likely that only one in 14 cases are reported to the proper authorities. It’s also likely that those numbers are low estimations. Understanding what factors put an elder at risk can aid in the prevention of abuse.

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