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Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse FAQ

What are consequences to my loved one if I report abuse or neglect?

Legally, there should be no consequence. However, practically retaliation is a common concern, and one that needs to be addressed. People should voice their concerns in most situations. If you suspect retaliation, report it immediately to the director of nursing, administrator and state agency for your nursing home.

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Where do I report abuse or neglect?

Every state has an agency where people can report known or potential harm to disabled and senior citizens. To find the resouce in your state, you can go to: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Stop_Abuse/Get_Help/State/index.aspx

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Should I report abuse or neglect?

At Rosen & Spears, we advocate the reporting of any abuse and neglect that puts someone at risk for harm. However, it is important to consider the timing of a report if retaliation is a concern. Moving your loved one before you report may be the best thing to do. You can also ask that … Continue reading

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How does a bed sore develop?

Bed sores usually develop when the blood supply to the skin is cut off after being left in one position too long as may occur when a person is not able to move freely on his own. The constant pressure along with exposure to soiled linen or diapers can further complicate a pressure ulcer by providing an … Continue reading

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What is a bed sore?

Bed sores, also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are skin lesions most commonly caused by lack of blood supply to the skin. Factors such as friction, moisture and underlying health conditions can cause the wounds to develop more quickly. They often occur at areas of unrelieved pressure or over bony prominences, such as the … Continue reading

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