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Jury returns guilty verdict in nursing home negligence case

Many people in Wyoming are currently facing problems regarding assisted living facilities where their elderly loved ones reside. The problem is not limited to this state, however, as one particular incident in another jurisdiction shows. A patient is said to have suffered injury from nursing home negligence and a jury has weighed in on the issue.

The situation unfolded when a resident of a nursing home suffered a fall. This is not all that uncommon in such facilities. It seems that there is more to the story than that, however. A legal guardian of the patient accused staff members of serious wrongdoing, including that the man's family was not informed that he had fallen, and also that pertinent documentation and medical records were either lost or destroyed.

Is nursing home negligence suspicion spreading like an infection?

Finding just the right elder care facility for an aging or disabled parent can be quite the challenge. There may even be a long waiting list once an appropriate facility is chosen. The last thing a Wyoming family needs is to have a loved one harmed by nursing home negligence once he or she is settled into a new residence.

Infections are a major issue in nursing homes. From scabies to potentially dangerous situations that include MRSA or other infections, an adult child may grow concerned if he or she believes his parent's suffering has been caused by negligence. Since infections are common problems in nursing homes, it could prove quite challenging to show that a particular person's illness or injury was directly related to substandard care.

Where to find support for nursing home negligence problems

When an aging parent can no longer live alone and a family determines a need for nursing home assistance, it can be emotionally difficult. It may take months or more than a year to find a suitable facility that best fits the needs and goals of a particular family. Many people go on to spend the rest of their lives in assisted living care programs in Wyoming that they are very happy with; however, when nursing home negligence is a problem, life becomes anything but joyful; in fact, such situations can be fatal.

There are often signs that a parent may be suffering abuse at the hands of caretakers. If you know what to look for ahead of time, you may be able to stop a problematic situation from escalating. For instance, if you mother or father suddenly becomes despondent or appears disheveled or irritated whenever you visit, you may want to further investigate the situation.

Why aren't police being told about nursing home negligence?

Those doing their best to care for aging loved ones in Wyoming nursing home facilities may be shocked to learn of a reported ongoing problem patient advocates have brought to public attention. Most people know that nursing home negligence exists; however, new information suggests a surprising number of abuse incidents are never reported to police. Given the high number of injuries that send victims to emergency rooms each year, the lack of awareness police often have regarding such incidents makes one wonder why many people are not coming forward to report abuse.

Some estimates state that as many as one fourth of serious abuse situations remain unreported to police. Government investigators reviewing various nursing facilities have alerted the public and are calling for rectification of what they say is a problematic situation. A regional inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services recounted one incidence of abuse where an elderly woman was sexually assaulted and severely bruised, which necessitated urgent care at a nearby emergency room; yet, the entire situation was never reported to police as is required by federal law.

Is nursing home negligence factor in loved one's brain injury?

It can be absolutely devastating to witness a loved one suffer from a serious brain injury. Many such injuries are caused by automobile accidents, military combat and medical mishaps, such as nursing home negligence or surgical errors. What may be important to most Wyoming families whose loved ones have suffered brain injuries is understanding the recovery process and obtaining justice if negligence is involved.

If a nursing home resident falls or is abused and suffers a brain injury, he or she may be in a coma for some time. Although such states are typically non-responsive, there is evidence to show to many coma patients can still hear what's happening around them. Family members are encouraged to keep talking to their comatose loved ones in order to help draw them back to consciousness.

What you should know about dehydration

When people hear the term nursing home neglect, things such as bed sores, medication errors, falls and even elopement-related trauma likely come to mind. While these are all accurate depictions of this phenomenon, it's important to understand that it can also take more subtle forms.

For example, one form of nursing home neglect that is often overlooked, but which can have a devastating effect on the health and safety of elderly loved ones is dehydration.

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