It is not uncommon for elderly residents of a nursing home to suffer from injuries. Some injuries occur because of a fall, others because of too much strenuous activity. But the injuries that really concern Georgia residents are the ones that are caused by nursing home abuse and neglect.
What do Georgia residents know about elder abuse? For those who are familiar with previous posts here, most know that one of the main sources of elder abuse is nursing home neglect and abuse. Elderly Georgia residents who suffer abuse or neglect in this type of situation may face injury, illness or other complications from active, physical abuse or acts of negligence like medication errors. But elder abuse is a manifestation of some larger societal issues.
As unpleasant as it is to consider, the reality of elder care in Georgia and throughout the country shows that nursing home abuse and neglect is not uncommon. Our elderly relatives are, sadly, subjected to neglectful and abusive treatment at the very hands of those individuals we entrust with their care. There are a variety of reasons for why nursing home neglect and abuse occur.
When Georgia residents think of elder abuse, they probably envision a particularly evil individual who beats or otherwise mistreats an elderly resident of a nursing home. While that would certainly fall within the category of elder abuse, there are many other ways that an elderly Georgia resident could be subject to abuse or neglect.
Most of us can't imagine what it must be like to get a call from law enforcement officials who are explaining how an elderly relative who lives in a nursing home has been abused -- that a loved one has been the victim of a crime. But, that is likely what has played out for the family members of a 95-year-old woman in nearby Bartow County, who was reportedly abused recently by a nursing home staff member.
When our Georgia readers hear about nursing home neglect and abuse, they probably envision situations where young and impatient members of nursing home staff are abusing or neglecting elderly residents of the assisted living facility. As it turns out, that may be correct in one respect -- the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that an estimated six out of seven residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are over the age of 65. But, even if that common assumption is correct, do we really know enough about nursing home neglect and abuse?
This is the time of year when families are visiting and enjoying each other's company. For many Georgia residents, that means a visit to a nursing home facility where an elderly relative may be living. These family visits are no doubt the highlight of the year for many people who reside in an assisted living facility. But, at the same time, these visits also provide family members an opportunity to look for signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Thousands of Georgia residents rely on nursing homes to care for elderly loved ones. In many situations, family members simply do not have the necessary medical skills to care for aging loved ones, and the best thing for the loved one's health and quality of life is living in a nursing home where they can receive the around-the-clock care they need. Nonetheless, our Georgia readers have probably seen previous posts here that detail some of the potential problems, including nursing home neglect and abuse that elderly residents of nursing homes may face. One such potential problem is medication errors.
Many Georgians live out the last few months or years of their lives as residents of a nursing home or assisted-living center. Most of these facilities are staffed by wonderfully caring and helpful people, who do everything in their power to make sure that the elderly residents are treated with respect and courtesy. However, it is impossible to deny that there are some cases of elder abuse and nursing home neglect that occur in some of these types of facilities.
Throughout the country, state and local governments are trying to raise public awareness regarding elder abuse. In some cases, unsuspecting senior citizens are victimized by random phone and mail scams, but in other cases a family member may be abusing the elderly person or taking advantage of their finances. One problem that is increasingly gaining more of a national focus is nursing home abuse and neglect.