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Nursing Home Abuse Rasansky Law Firm December 30, 2014
Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: When considering a Texas nursing home for your elder loved one, it can sometimes be difficult to look past the sales pitch and see the warning signs of future nursing home abuse and neglect. When touring a nursing home, be on the lookout for these warning signs of neglect and abuse: Unclean sheets, floors,…

Staff September 17, 2014

Answer: Dehydration in the elderly is often a sign of Texas nursing home neglect. There are a number of causes of dehydration – and nursing homes have a responsibility to make certain that your elder loved one is properly hydrated. Dehydration is a serious issue with dangerous consequences. Not having enough water can lead to…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: It is possible for pneumonia to be the result of Texas nursing home neglect, but it is also possible for pneumonia to be unrelated to an elderly patient’s care. Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death for seniors. In some cases, this dangerous inflammation of the lungs is simply a medical complication…

Staff April 6, 2016

Answer: There are federal laws that bar nursing homes from using physical restraints unless there is a medical need to do so. However, some nursing homes use restraints in illegal ways; for example, to stop residents from being a nuisance or from wandering from their rooms. Physical restraints such as straps, belts, vests, bed rails,…

Staff December 21, 2015

Answer: As nursing homes take in an increasing number of mentally ill and younger patients, the instances of resident assaults has risen significantly. Who is at fault for these physical and sexual assaults? While nursing home abuse and neglect cases are all different, nursing homes can sometimes be liable for one resident harming another resident….

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: Though shocking, sexual nursing home abuse is a reality for far too many seniors in TX adult care programs. Unfortunately, elders often have difficultly communicating their abuse to others. What are the signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home? The appearance of sexually transmitted diseases. The presence of sperm on bedclothes, vagina, or anus. Your…

Staff September 17, 2014

Answer: If you have an elder loved one living in a Texas nursing home or adult care center, it is vital that you are familiar with the signs of nursing home neglect: Bedsores or pressure sores. Frozen joints – your loved one is not often moved from bed or turned. Over medication – your loved one…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: In 2007, Texas passed a law that allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to announce missing person bulletins in emergency cases for seniors and those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Much like the Amber Alert, which informs the media and law enforcement about child abductions, silver alerts create public awareness for people over…

Staff September 22, 2016

Answer: Although emotional abuse is certainly not as overtly harmful as physical nursing home abuse or neglect, psychological abuse is a growing problem in Texas nursing homes and can lead to your elderly loved one suffering from low self-esteem, lowered quality of life, anxiety, and depression. In addition, emotional abuse in nursing homes often goes hand…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: While many people are familiar with nursing home physical abuse and neglect, fewer people are familiar with financial elder abuse. Unfortunately, Texas nursing home residents are susceptible to financial scams and schemes – schemes often run by nursing home staff members or the nursing homes themselves. In these scams, nursing home nurses, staffers, or other officials…

Staff December 16, 2014

Answer: It is a misconception in Texas that bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are a regrettable aspect of life in a nursing home. Bedsores are preventable and manageable – and if your elderly loved one is suffering from severe bedsores in his or her adult care facility, it could be a sign of nursing home neglect….

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: Nursing home elopement, also known as nursing home wandering, occurs when adult care facility residents wander either from their rooms or from the grounds without permission or assistance. Nursing home elopement can be common among nursing home patients who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, other memory problems or mental health issues. Elopement can be dangerous,…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: There isn’t a definitive list of “good” or “bad” nursing homes, but you can make better decisions if you do some educated snooping and make proper use the information that’s available.  You should visit any home you’re considering so you can see for yourself where your father might live. Does the facility seem clean…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: There is no sure way to find a nursing home unless you can personally vouch for the quality of care from a personal and intricate inspection of the home. Make an effort to visit the facility several times and at different times of the day. Pay close attention to how the staff behaves when…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 clearly defined the rights of nursing home patients.  Elderly patients deserve the right to freedom from abuse and neglect. Specifically, this includes freedom from physical restraints, consistent invasion of privacy, medical neglect, undignified handling by a staff member, abuse of the patient’s funds, unauthorized altering of a…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: If you suspect nursing home abuse, then start looking for physical evidence. Examine your relative’s body and look for broken bones, cuts, scars or sores. If you see evidence of physical abuse ask the patient what happened. Remember, the patient might not admit the abuse at first. If necessary, talk to staff members of the home,…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: If you have uncovered physical signs of abuse or neglect then it is time to take action.  A nursing home that knows of and tolerates abuse cannot be reasoned with or trusted.  You have four options. One, you can approach the nursing home administrator. Two, you can contact the state department that handles nursing…

Staff September 17, 2014

Answer: Sepsis is an immune reaction to a bacterial infection of the blood stream that, if untreated, can become fatal.  The elderly are especially vulnerable to sepsis, particularly those who have pre-existing medical conditions or weakened immune systems. Because sepsis is such a risk for the elderly, Texas nursing homes must take proper precautions to…

Staff August 8, 2014

Answer: Studies have found a strong connection between understaffed nursing homes and instances of nursing home neglect – and the connection makes sense. If an adult care facility does not have enough direct care professionals caring for residents, each resident is receiving less attention than he or she requires. The results can be devastating: A…

Staff January 21, 2015

Answer: You are right to be concerned. Sudden changes in personality are usually a sign that something is wrong, and our Dallas nursing home abuse attorneys urge you to take action on all cases of elder abuse. Your first step is to designate a notebook in which you will record the date, observations about your mother, the…

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