One of the many potential dangers of nursing home residents not getting the care they need is that they may become dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body's blood vessels and cells don't get as much fluid as they need.
It's been a tough fall for the East Coast, with Hurricane Florence striking our neighbors to the south particularly hard. For people who have loved ones in nursing homes, severe weather can be particularly unnerving.
Nursing home residents are dependent on their caregivers for just about everything -- including the administration of their medication.
No matter how much power and wealth people have, they can't always protect loved ones in nursing homes from negligence and abuse. Former national security advisor H.R. McMaster is dealing with the death of his 84-year-old father in a senior living facility just days after he was admitted following a stroke. General McMaster lost his position in the Trump administration this spring amid reports that he and the president didn't see eye-to-eye on a number of issues.
Last month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a new unit in his office that will be tasked with preventing and litigating cases of elder abuse. Prosecutors who work in the unit will focus on cases involving the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older West Virginians.
Antipsychotic drugs, when prescribed and taken properly, can help people who suffer from a number of conditions, including Huntington's Disease, schizophrenia and Tourette's. However, for older people who also suffer from dementia, they can be fatal. In fact, they can double their chances of death.
It's said that a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest members -- which is why elder abuse is considered a national tragedy.
A dementia patient, who had previously resided at Heritage Care Nursing Home, filed a lawsuit against the facility and its owners on Dec. 4, 2017. She alleges that she was treated negligently at their hands during the nearly eight months during 2016 and 2017 that she lived there.
Bed bugs are a growing problem in the United States. Once on the edge of extinction in this country, they've come back with a new resistance to the insecticides currently in use.
Approximately six out of every 10 people with dementia may wander as a result of their condition. These individuals may not know where they are or could even be in a disoriented dream state in which they believe they are somewhere they are not. They may not remember their names, be unable to remember where they live or stay and may not have any information on how to get into contact with someone who can help.