America's veterans age just like the rest of the general population -- and many of them end up in nursing homes run by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many of these nursing homes are providing care that is substandard, at best -- outright horrible at worst.
The Ohio Attorney General's office referred to a recent case of nursing home neglect as "gut-wrenching." Indeed, it seems that the case shocked the consciousness of virtually everyone in authority -- which is remarkable given the way that many cases of nursing home neglect are overlooked.
Posting an image on social media for a laugh is fine -- as long as you aren't dehumanizing and degrading someone else in the process. Unfortunately, that's exactly what's happened to a number of nursing home residents. For every incident that's been reported, experts fear that there could be more that are yet to be uncovered.
It's become clear that a lot of nursing homes in the United States operate with a razor-thin staff, pushing the limits of what anybody can consider "reasonable" when it comes to having enough people on staff to care for their patients.
With the horror stories you see in the news about poor-quality nursing home care, it's entirely understandable if you have qualms about trusting your loved one to any nursing home without thoroughly checking it out first.
Somewhere during the night of Jan. 6, 2017, an elderly woman with dementia slipped out of her Ohio nursing home and froze to death.
Moving a parent or other loved one into a nursing home is often emotionally difficult -- and the problems that many nursing homes have with substandard care and inadequate staffing don't make it any easier.
Emotional abuse is often harder to spot than physical abuse -- which is why it can be a serious problem for nursing home residents.
Nursing homes need plenty of staff members to provide the compassionate care that elderly and disabled residents need.
If your parent is in a nursing home, how can you tell the difference between an occasional minor lapse in the quality of services and a serious sign of neglect?