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Nursing home abuse and neglect statistics are staggering

Many Mississippi residents have loved ones that are in nursing homes and may be shocked by the prevalence of nursing home neglect and abuse. A recent congressional report highlighted the extent of the problem, pointing to a need for major reforms.

Repeal of nursing home rule could hurt residents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 20 percent of the United States population will be 65 years or older by 2030. Many may need to spend at least some time in a nursing home. However, Mississippi residents and others may lose a critical protection if the federal government has its way. It intends to get rid of a ban on pre-dispute arbitration.

Improper use of anticoagulants in nursing homes

Nursing homes in Mississippi and the rest of the country routinely administer blood thinners, like Coumadin or Warfarin, improperly. The drugs are useful in stopping internal bleeding, but can be fatal if they are given to patients excessively or in insufficient doses.

Understanding nursing home patient rights

Mississippi residents who live in nursing homes are protected by a variety of federal regulations. For instance, they have the right to see and visit with family members, service providers and government representatives, among others. They also have the right to keep their own clothing and other possessions assuming that it is safe to do so. Those who receive government benefits cannot be asked to leave a nursing home because of that fact. Medicare or Medicaid recipients may also not receive differing levels of treatment compared to those who pay out of their own funds.

Important considerations when choosing a nursing home for a loved one

Having to place a loved one in a long-term nursing care facility is never an easy decision, and many people wind up feeling some regret about the placement, at least initially. Often, this is because of personal feelings that complicate the choice even when it is the right one for all parties involved, but sometimes the misgivings have a more legitimate basis. After all, nursing home abuse and neglect are relatively common in healthcare environments, and finding a reputable home that will provide the right care for your loved ones is a vital first step in protecting them.

Revised nursing home rules give residents more control

Mississippi residents who have family members living in nursing homes may be interested in learning that following a revision of federal rules, their loved ones may be able to be more involved with their own healthcare. According to a director at the advocacy group Consumer Voice, the rule revisions could transform the care that nursing home residents receive.

Enforcement of arbitration ban is halted

Mississippi residents who have filed suits or plan to file suits against a nursing home for negligent care or abuse should know about a regulation update recently issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency has postponed the enforcement of a rule that prohibits nursing home centers from requiring patients to enter into obligatory arbitration agreements in advance of a dispute.

Radiologists and elder abuse

While radiologists in Mississippi and throughout the country are capable of detecting possible child abuse cases, most of them have not been trained in detecting elder abuse. According to a study, a number of radiologists have stated they would like to receive this type of training.

How to spot signs of nursing home neglect

If your loved ones are dependent on the full-time care that comes from skilled nursing facilities, it is important to make sure they are receiving all the care that you and your family expect. Disabled people and the elderly are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect and other forms of exploitation, and while nursing facilities are regulated, the nature of their work also means that sometimes it can be easy to miss signs that a facility is not holding up its end of the deal.

How to protect loved ones from nursing home abuse

Staying in a nursing home may be the only option for elderly individuals who can no longer live on their own because of health issues. While there are many excellent skilled nursing facilities in Mississippi and throughout the country, some may neglect or abuse their residents. Those who have loved ones in long-term care facilities might want to know how to detect if their loved one has been neglected or abused and what they can do about it.

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