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Can post-traumatic stress disorder follow nursing home abuse?

We have discussed how some elderly residents in nursing homes aren't properly cared for. In some cases, that neglect or abuse might lead to broken bones. What some people might not realize is that the effects of a broken bone can go far beyond the physical effects. It is possible that post-traumatic stress disorder might follow a broken bone. Even when a broken bone isn't present, the resident might still suffer from PTSD simply because of the abuse he or she suffered.

What are some symptoms of PTSD?

Residents in nursing homes have rights

Just because an individual finds him or herself in a situation where he or she needs to move into a nursing home or elderly care facility does not mean he or she no longer has any rights. On the contrary, they not only have rights, but it is required that they are given a copy of their rights in writing when they are admitted.

There are four different types of care facilities for elderly residents or disabled individuals. These are not the same as a hospital or medical care facility, as many do not administer any medical treatment. Beginning with the lowest level of medical care, there are adult boarding facilities, followed by residential care facilities. These facilities usually provide minimal care to their residents outside of meals, housing, activities and other needed services, such as cleaning or transportation. The next level of care would be intermediate care facilities and then skilled nursing facilities, which may closely monitor a resident's a health care.

Proving nursing home abuse can be complicated but not impossible

Just last week, we discussed some of the possible losses that you can seek compensation for when your loved one is the subject of nursing home abuse or neglect. While proving those losses might seem complicated, it isn't impossible. We can help you prove your loved one's losses so you can seek compensation.

We know that you don't want to think about your loved one being injured because of the nursing home employee's actions. It is important to realize that as much as you hate thinking about it, you still must take action to make it stop. You don't want your loved one to continue to suffer because of negligence or malice.

Los Angeles unable to keep up in nursing home abuse cases

Nursing home abuse is serious and should be investigated as soon as it is reported. There are laws to ensure this happens. California state law requires that a report of a serious nursing home abuse issue is to be investigated within 24 hours, and a non-serious complaint within 10 days.

Unfortunately, Los Angeles, which is the only county that performs their own investigations, has allegedly not been able to meet this time limit. It is reported that they were only able to meet the time limit for 99 percent of the time for complaints considered serious, and 89 percent of the time for non-serious complaints. The Los Angeles public county health director claims they did meet the time limit, and the alleged shortfall was due to data errors, which have now been corrected.

How can I prove losses from nursing home abuse or neglect?

We have discussed a variety of topics pertaining to nursing home abuse. All of those posts might have some of our readers wondering how someone might go about proving the losses suffered from the nursing home's actions. There are several different ways that it might be possible to prove these losses.

What are some of the losses I need to think about?

Alzheimer's care: Do your homework

If your loved one has Alzheimer's, you may be looking at or already experiencing some difficulty caring for him or her at home. Depending on the stage he or she is at and your own situation, it may be necessary to look at moving your loved one to a residential care facility.

There are different types of care facilities: retirement housing, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, Alzheimer special care units and continuing care retirement communities. Depending on the stage of Alzheimer's, retirement housing and assisted living would probably not be suitable long-term care of an Alzheimer's patient, as they provide limited assistance to their residents.

Nursing home neglect requires firm action to protect loved ones

Nursing home neglect and abuse are very serious problems. In our previous post, we discussed how the system for investigating nursing homes is changing. The fact of the matter is that when a complaint is made about a nursing home, the residents can be left to suffer until the complaint is investigated and a plan of action is made. That, however, doesn't mean that you have to sit around while your loved one is mistreated in a nursing home.

We know that you want your loved one to have the best care possible. Knowing that the staff at the nursing home isn't doing everything possible to make your loved one comfortable might weigh heavily on your mind. Your loved one doesn't deserve to be mistreated.

Nursing home investigations are backlogged and looking for help

Nursing homes or other elderly care facilities are supposed to be held to high standards when it comes to avoiding abuse or neglect. The problem is in policing those standards. Two huge reasons for policing those standards and making sure complaints are investigated and followed up on:

1. All individuals should be treated with respect and dignity. This is a humanitarian issue and is the most important reason by far.

Most common types of identity theft and identify fraud

Identity theft and identity fraud have become popular money-making schemes for thousands of criminals in the past couple of decades. Why? Because access to personal information is not only easy to come by, but easy to use.

Some common ways that criminals access this type of personal data is just by watching and listening. For instance, sometimes called "shoulder surfing," criminals watch someone enter personal data on phones or ATMs, or listen while personal information is exchanged between others.

Reckless neglect in nursing homes must be stopped

In one of our recent posts, we discussed some points that everyone should know about bedsores. We have also discussed how important care is for residents of nursing homes. These residents put their trust in the people who are paid to care for them. In some cases, however, those paid caregivers don't do their jobs correctly. When reckless neglect occurs in a nursing home, the residents can often suffer from serious harm.

In California, reckless neglect means that a person consciously disregarded the rights of other people. When it comes to nursing home residents, there are several issues that can show that reckless neglect might be occurring.

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