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Alzheimer’s Abuse in Nursing Homes
Nursing home abuse is disturbing on its own. When the victim suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, this exploitation is heartbreaking. There are 220,000 people age 65 and older currently living with Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Ohio. By 2025, that number will climb 13.6% to 250,000. The 2020 Alzheimer Association’s fax and figure report surveyed primary care physicians. Over 50% of the primary care physicians surveyed said that the medical profession is not prepared to meet the rising demands of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. 78% of the primary care physicians who were surveyed said they only had very little training in the care and treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. With the overall numbers rising, it is also certain to see an increases in instances of Alzheimer's abuse in nursing homes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This is a progressive, incurable brain disorder that destroys memory, intellectual, social and other mental functions. Nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s are more likely to suffer from abuse and neglect for the following reasons:
RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S ABUSE IN NURSING HOMES
Because Alzheimer’s patients are more at risk for abuse, it is important to know the warning signs of Alzheimer's abuse in nursing homes. Signs of physical abuse and neglect may include:
- Unexplained or frequent bumps and bruises
- Abrupt weight loss
- Bedrail or restraint injuries or bruises
- Unwashed hair, body, or clothes
- Fractures or concussions
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
WHEN DO YOU TAKE ACTION?
If you suspect that a loved one with Alzheimer’s is the victim of Alzheimer's abuse in nursing homes, you must protect them. This includes reporting the incident to the facility administrator, your local agency on aging, the Ohio Department of Health, and law enforcement if the situation is immediate and life-threatening. It is better to err on the side of caution, particularly because the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can make it difficult to spot abuse. Call The O'Keefe Firm today to discuss any abuse you think an Alzheimer’s patient is being subjected to in an Ohio nursing home. We can advise you in a free, no-obligation legal consultation.