Nursing Home Neglect Archives

3 important questions about nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect are prevalent throughout care facilities in the Unites States. With the baby-boomer generation growing older, it seems that the situation is only getting worse. Here are few questions that every nursing home resident, or every relative of a nursing home resident, should know the answers to regarding this important topic.

What's the elder Abuse Suspicion Index?

Every person who stays in a nursing facility is different. Some are so vocal that they complain about everything -- to the degree that it seems like they're being abused when they're actually not. Others will silently endure lots of horrible and abusive situations without ever saying a word. Still, other residents do not even have the mental or physical capacity to complain about their abuser.

Tennessee health department failed to report nursing home abuse

The Tennessee Department of Health formerly criticized a nursing home in Sullivan County for its failure to disclose abuse allegations. Later, the Sullivan County district attorney's office criticized the Tennessee Department of Health for doing exactly the same.

Advocates against nursing home neglect needed

A number of organizations and agencies are calling attention to the vulnerable status of the elderly in Tennessee and across the United States and addressing the need to speak out. As people age, they may become hard of hearing, their eyesight may diminish, their memories may fade and some become very frail. All these problems, which develop with old age, make the elderly vulnerable to nursing home neglect and abuse.

Nursing home neglect: a case of the wrong medicine

The well-being of patients placed in an elder care facility is often completely at the hands of the staff of the care facility at which the patients reside. Tennessee dementia sufferers definitely falls within this category. One such case of alleged nursing home neglect involves an elderly retired teacher whose family is now suing the alleged negligent facility.

Nursing home neglect: repercussion of duties being neglected

A nursing home in another state is being required to answer difficult questions after the administrator of a deceased elderly woman's estate filed a civil claim against it. In the wrongful death claim, nursing home neglect is alleged as a major cause of the elderly lady's death. The estate administrator claims that proper care was not provided by the nursing home. Claims such as these are nothing unfamiliar, in Tennessee, and across America. 

Nursing home neglect -- one of many forms of elderly abuse

Just like children, the elderly are vulnerable to abuse. Nursing home neglect is but one form of elderly abuse, according to the executive director of the Council on Aging in Middle Tennessee. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 brought attention to the plight and vulnerability of elderly people in today's society.

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We are talking about the increasing risk of aggressive behavior among nursing home residents. A couple of studies have documented the trend, and individual examples provide more than enough reason to be concerned. This is not an easy issue to discussion, much less to resolve. There are a hundred different moving parts to consider. There are also some basic steps that the government and facilities can take to reduce the risk to the elderly and vulnerable.

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According to the Tennessee State Data Center at Haslam College of Business, in 2010 about 13 percent of the state's population were ages 65 and up. In 2020, that age group is projected to account for 20 percent of the population; by 2025, a full 25 percent. The Greatest Generation is giving way to Baby Boomers, and the prospect of the change has had social scientists and policymakers a little nervous about what that means.