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Signs of nursing home neglect

Most people who place an elderly loved one in a Mississippi nursing home expect a certain level of care to be maintained. Unfortunately, neglect remains one of the most typical forms of abuse in U.S. nursing homes. Instances of this type of abuse can include oversights with basic hygiene and failure to provide assistance with daily tasks like eating and maintaining mobility.

Truck accidents pose a deadly threat

For drivers in Mississippi, truck accidents can be particularly frightening. When large, heavy semi trucks are involved in a crash, the outcome can be deadly, especially for occupants of smaller vehicles on the road. This fear is backed up by statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Between 2015 and 2017, fatalities in large truck and bus accidents increased each year, including for the drivers of the trucks themselves. In addition, deadly work zone accidents involving large trucks increased every year in the same three-year period.

MS Nursing home residents vulnerable to sex abuse

Many people in Mississippi were shocked when hearing the news that a 29-year old resident at a long-term health facility had given birth to a baby boy. The resident had required round-the-clock nursing care since the age of three and suffered from profound intellectual and physical disabilities. After an investigation during which male staffers were required to submit their DNA for testing, investigators determined that a male nurse had fathered the baby.

The majority of today’s nursing homes lack adequate staff

Transitioning a parent from living independently to living in a nursing home is difficult in and of itself. However, it can prove even more emotionally taxing if you have concerns about the quality of care your mom or dad receives while there. Unfortunately, many American nursing homes suffer from internal issues that can affect the treatment and care your loved one receives, and one such common issue involves nursing home understaffing.

Road Safe America advocates safety tech as truck crashes rise

The highway safety non-profit Road Safe America has recently looked over some federal data on large truck crash deaths in Mississippi and across the nation. The data spanned from 2009 to 2017, the latest year for which complete statistics are available, and the non-profit found that all but six states in the U.S. saw an increase in large truck crash deaths during that period.

Horrific cases shine light on nursing home abuse

For too many elderly or incapacitated people in Mississippi, abuse or neglect inside a nursing home is a fact of life. Family members may be concerned about how they can protect people who may not be able to advocate for themselves, especially if they are dealing with dementia, developmental disabilities or other conditions that make them less able to speak about their experiences. Several disturbing incidents have highlighted the potential for abuse in the nursing home context, including a young developmentally disabled woman who was raped and beaten and a woman in a vegetative state who was discovered to be pregnant.

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