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Slip-and-fall accidents can harm nursing home residents

Although you probably think of nursing home accidents as problems with getting the wrong medications or injuries as a result of falling on the way to the restroom or getting out of bed, the truth is that slip-and-fall accidents happen everywhere in these facilities. From front entryways where residents and family members visit to cafeterias where food was left to make the floors slick, there are dozens of risks to anyone living at or visiting the facility.

Recognizing elder abuse is vital to protecting your loved one

Identifying elder abuse is the first step to stopping it. Elder abuse isn't always easy to identify. Sometimes, the elderly are unable to communicate about the abuse. Other times, they don't want to reach out to others for help or to feel like a burden.

The elderly are at their mercy; hold nursing homes accountable

The elderly are easy targets for those who would abuse them. They are dependent on those around them in many ways, which means that they're easy to take advantage of. The most common form of abuse is medical abuse, in which the medical providers or caregivers don't give the right medications or treat patients appropriately.

Be aware of the way pressure ulcers form

There are many risk factors of bedsores you should be familiar with if you have an elderly or aging loved one in a hospital or long-term care facility. Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, develop when there is prolonged pressure placed on the skin. For example, if your loved one sits in a wheelchair without moving for several hours, the pressure on the skin on the tailbone could result in bruising and ulcers from a lack of circulation.

Preventing dehydration makes the elderly healthier

When your loved one is in a nursing home or hospital, it's important that he or she is drinking enough fluids. If he or she is not, then the nurses or doctors there should be willing to use an IV to make sure that your loved one does not become dehydrated.

Are adults with disabilities suffering from abuse?

Many adults with disabilities in South Carolina are depending on others for their daily living requirements. Some of these adults are receiving care at nursing facilities, and just like any other person at a nursing home, these adults are at risk of being abused or neglected.

Watch out for these 3 signs of nursing home negligence

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, it's important to know that he or she is being cared for. If you find that your loved one is not being taken care of, you may be in a position to file a medical malpractice or nursing home neglect case for your loved one's injuries.

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