Any of our Georgia readers who have been in a medical facility have probably heard doctors and nurses express concerns about "bedsores." Bedsores are of particular concern with elderly patients, or patients who are suffering from some type of injury or illness that limits their mobility. But what exactly are "bedsores"? Why are they such a concern, and how can they have a negative effect on medical patients?
The rights and wellbeing of senior citizens is an important issue that should be made more prominent as to expose any wrongdoing. Nursing home abuse, in particular, is a primary target to address, simply because so many people rely on these facilities as they get older. But just how prevalent is elder abuse?
As America's population ages more people than ever are in need of long-term care due to health issues. For millions of Americans, including many Georgia residents, this means a move to an assisted living facility, otherwise known as a nursing home. Staying in this type of facility can make day-to-day life easier for elderly people, as they receive assistance with many daily tasks that most of us take for granted.
When a family cannot take care of an elderly or physically challenged relative, a nursing home is often the only alternative. It is imperative that anyone choosing a nursing home for a loved one takes a close look at the home's policies. Some nursing homes may look good at first glance, but what goes on behind the scenes isn't what most people want for their family members. Such is the situation where a state government is suing a nursing home for multiple charges of neglect. Although this case didn't occur in Georgia, the circumstances unfortunately are not limited by location and could occur in this state as well.
Families are naturally hesitant to trust the care of their aging parent or loved one to a nursing home. Although families genuinely feel confident that their loved one will be provided with a reasonable standard of care, nursing home abuse and neglect is not entirely uncommon. Elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are prone to fall victim to elder abuse and personal injury while under the supervision of nursing home staff.
When a patient is injured or dies under suspicious circumstances in a nursing home or assisted living facility, an investigation may be conducted to determine if there was medical malpractice. Sometimes, an investigation will result in a determination that criminal acts occurred. When this happens, the responsible party may face criminal prosecution. A criminal conviction in connection with nursing home abuse may make it easier to pursue compensation for the victim or victim's family.
Nursing homes have a duty to provide a level of patient care consistent with national standards. One of the most important ways to achieve good patient care is adequate staffing. Having a good nurse-to-patient ratio helps ensure that each patient gets medicine and food at the appropriate time and is monitored for common complaints like bedsores and infections.
Elder abuse is an important problem that has garnered more attention in recent years. Acts of negligence can occur not only in nursing homes but also in the family home. It is important for victims and their families to know that the elderly are entitled to a reasonable standard of care, and those who fall victim to nursing home neglect or abuse should strive to understand their options available under the law.