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Non-physical forms of abuse and negligence in nursing homes

Putting a parent into a nursing home is not an easy thing to do emotionally. You probably worry about the well-being of your mom or dad every day. You may have heard of horror stories regarding abuse and negligence in nursing homes. How can you be sure your parent is safe despite your best efforts?

The key is to remain vigilant in watching for warning signs. You may already know to look for physical evidence, such as bedsores and bruises. However, you also need to be aware of these other ways your parent may suffer.

4 common ways elderly people get hurt

Aging can bring various health challenges. Elderly people face risks of getting hurt and developing chronic conditions. This can make getting older daunting and intimidating.

It is vital to be aware of the most common senior injuries and how they occur. Understanding the risk factors and making good lifestyle choices will help reduce elderly accidents.

Examples of medical negligence

As you get older, you tend to visit the doctor more often and need more medical intervention for your changing health. Unfortunately, what should be healing can sometimes be damaging. Health care providers can make mistakes that cause you a severe injury. When these are due to negligence, the situation falls under medical malpractice.

Negligence means that the provider did not follow standards of practice and that the error would not have occurred if the provider had not been careless. Many of these mistakes happen in the following areas.

Dangers of bedsores to seniors

One of the biggest issues seniors face whether they are in their own homes or at a nursing facility is bedsores. When someone remains immobile for an extended period of time, ulcers appear on the skin where the person has lain, and bedsores can be extremely dangerous to older adults without prompt treatment.

When you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is critical to know whether the person has received the best care possible. Nursing homes should have procedures in place to prevent bedsores from forming on a person, and there are things you should know about this painful condition.

Biggest mistakes you can make with a personal injury case

Senior citizens in Florida suffer injuries every day. In 2014, approximately 29 million falls occurred in the United States, resulting in 7 million injuries to the nation's older citizens.

In many cases, another party will hold liability for the injury. You may want to pursue a personal injury claim, but you need to do so cautiously. Many mistakes can seriously jeopardize the claim.

3 Signs Your Aging Parent Has Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury

Being anxious about your aging mother's desire to live alone is normal. You are worried that she is taking too many risks. She recently suffered a fall while walking to the car, and now you're noticing that something is a little off. She didn't have any noticeable injuries, except for a bump on the back of her head. The signs and symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury can be far-ranging, and the damage may be far-reaching. 

How to talk to your aging parents about their driving

People's motor skills begin to deteriorate as they get older. As a result, you may worry about whether your aging parents should continue operating vehicles.

The first thing you should do is take note of your parents' ability to drive. If they seem safe and aware of their surroundings, then you may not have to speak to them. In the event you do need to have this talk, make it clear you simply care about their well-being. You do not want them sustaining injuries or hurting someone else when there are plenty of other options available for getting around town.

Managing the number one cause of injury for seniors

As you age, it is no secret your health declines and you gain a variety of medical problems. While you may associate death with these conditions, they are actually not the most directly responsible for loss of life. However, they are a contributing factor in what the National Council on Aging reports is the leading cause of seniors sustaining fatal and nonfatal injuries: falls.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

Why slips and falls are potentially very dangerous

If you are a Florida retiree, you may share nostalgic stories with your friends and neighbors about back in the day when the funniest thing a TV and movie comic could do was take a pratfall in front of a group of horrified, albeit snickering, bystanders. While these carefully choreographed falls may have been funny, there is nothing humorous about falling.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, a highly serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injury to your head and/or neck of such force that your brain becomes dysfunctional in some way. Since your chances of falling increase as you grow older, it follows that your chance of suffering a TBI likewise increases.

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