Alzheimer’s disease is a crippling disease that kills brain cells and gradually erodes a person’s mental abilities, personality and physical health. There is no cure, but there are treatments that may slow down its progression. Alzheimer’s is a major reason why people enter nursing homes and other facilities that specialize in caring for those with the disease. Because Alzheimer’s robs people of their memory and mental faculties, victims are especially at risk for neglect and abuse. (more…)

When working on cases of nursing home neglect and abuse, you learn a lot about people. You learn how decent and caring our clients and their families are. You also learn that some nursing home employees have no concept of respecting other people, especially those who are older and/or disabled. They don’t have a problem with degrading others for fun. (more…)

Few of us would want to be on camera all day, every day, but having surveillance cameras in a nursing home resident’s room would discourage neglect and abuse and if something happens it would be easier to establish who’s responsible. This idea shows how desperate the situation has become. (more…)

Technology has changed virtually every aspect of our lives. It can also change how elders and those with severe disabilities are cared for. WebMD has a number of suggestions for caregivers of those with cognitive issues (including dementia and Parkinson’s disease), and many of these ideas could be helpful if you need to care for someone who can’t care for themselves, regardless of the reason. (more…)

This isn’t about the hazards associated with sneaking off and getting married. “Elopement” is a term used when a nursing home resident leaves the premises or a safe area without authorization and/or the necessary supervision to do so. Nursing homes are responsible for the safety and well being of their residents, and they need to take steps to prevent elopement. According to Long Term Living, (more…)

There is a nursing shortage in Maryland and nationwide, and as time goes on it’s expected to get worse. Nursing homes are notorious for under-paying their staff and having insufficient member of qualified staff. Qualified nurses often have their choice of jobs, and working for low pay in a poorly run nursing home may not be very appealing. This understaffing negatively impacts nursing home residents. (more…)

When you combine a neglectful, nursing home and staff, residents who are unable to care for themselves and unsanitary conditions, you can end up with a living nightmare for the residents. Unfortunately reports of nursing home residents suffering from infestations of maggots sometimes occur. (more…)

Nursing homes are facing two major issues when it comes to the mental health of residents. There are many residents who don’t have psychiatric disorders but are improperly given psychiatric medications in order to sedate and chemically restrain them. The other major issue is residents who genuinely have psychiatric disorders but who aren’t receiving proper treatment. If a loved one in a Maryland nursing home falls into one of these categories and suffers injuries as a result, we may be able to help. (more…)

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions caused by an impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior abilities. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. If the disability is severe enough, a person may live in a group home, often because family members are unable to care for them at home. Group homes should be safe, supportive environments, but too often Maryland residents fall victim to neglect and abuse. (more…)

If you need to place a loved one in a Maryland nursing home you face a difficult decision. What’s the right place and who are the right people to care for my family member? To come up with the best answer you should do some research, visit nursing homes to see them for yourself and ask questions of the administrator and staff. (more…)

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