If you have to go into a nursing home tomorrow for any reason -- whether you're looking at a short stint following a hip replacement or long-term care -- your odds of being abused might be as high as 30 percent.
A former nursing assistant at an Ohio nursing home was handed an 18-month prison sentence and will be placed on the sex offender registry for 15 years -- the maximum possible sentence he could receive for groping a nurse and masturbating on her as a first-time offender.
Do you suspect that a friend or relative is being abused or neglected at his or her nursing home?
Sometimes the signs of physical and psychological abuse are right in front of your eyes -- but you simply don't realize what you're seeing.
It isn't hard to realize that there's a serious problem with prescription drug addiction happening in the nation -- the headlines of every new organization in the country are screaming about it.
When you think about nursing home neglect or abuse, sexual abuse is probably not the first thing that comes to mind -- but it's a grim reality for some patients.
Nursing home abuse preys on some of the most helpless members of society: the elderly. Many elderly people who are trapped in abusive nursing homes are unable to speak for themselves -- and if they do speak up, they may be dismissed because of problems such as dementia. Abusers know this, and they take full advantage of the situation.
Throughout the state of Ohio people rely on nursing homes to provide loved ones the care they cannot provide themselves. Unfortunately not all of these facilities provide the expected level of care. Sometimes the action, or lack thereof, taken by employees endangers the lives of residents. In the worst cases they could result in death. Statistics and ratings provide information on how Ohio nursing homes are doing.
When your loved one goes into a nursing home, you expect proper care and compassion. If you found out that he or she suffered because a worker wanted to torture him or her, you'd be furious. That's what happened in this case in Ohio.
It's painful to find out that someone you love has been through the horrors of nursing home abuse. You placed your loved one in a nursing home for his or her safety, and this is a true violation of your trust. To avoid having this kind of issue happen ever again, or to find out if this is happening to your loved one now, look for a few of these signs of abuse.