Category Archives: Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect is unacceptable, and families who suspect their loved one is in danger should contact an attorney immediately.

Are Safety Concerns Causing Tennessee Nursing Homes to Shut Down?

The state’s health commissioner has suspended all admissions to a Memphis nursing home in early September due to an investigation on safety issues at the facility. Earlier in August, another Tennessee nursing home in Greenville was also suspended due to alleged safety violations. Assisted care living facility admissions are usually suspended if conditions in the facility are damaging to the safety, health or welfare of the residents. If you or someone you know is currently residing in a nursing home in Tennessee, you should understand the warning signs of safety concerns linked to abuse and neglect. What Are the Common Safety Issues Associated with Nursing Homes? Abuse. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, elder abuse is on the rise and has become a major public safety concern. Physical abuse of the elderly includes signs of broken or fractured bones, bruising, cuts, open wounds and lacerations, internal injuries, or sudden…
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Are Nursing Homes Liable for Fall Injuries?

The risk of falling is common among elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that about half to three-fourths of resident falls occur in the nursing home. With such frequency and potential for injury, nursing homes are usually equipped to assist fallen patients and work diligently at minimizing fall risk for residents. This could be installing grab bars and cushioning, the use of walkers, or ensuring patients are at safe bed and chair heights. If a fall occurs, that does not mean that the nursing facility is immediately to blame. However, there are instances where a fall leads to negligence or abuse charges depending on how the nursing home handled the fall. Placing responsibility on the nursing home will depend on whether the nursing home acted accordingly to help the resident recover from the incident. For a nursing home to be considered liable for a resident’s…
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Is Elderly Abuse Becoming More Common in Tennessee?

Unfortunately, Tennessee is experiencing something called the “Silent Crisis.” Elderly abuse, which usually takes place at the hands of those most trusted by the victim, goes unreported more often than not. In Tennessee, the number of assaults increased by roughly 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. The number of fraud cases against elders increased by 21 percent during this time. Worse still, the projected number of unreported elder abuse cases could be as high as 23 percent. Elderly abuse can take many forms, which include: Physical assault Psychological abuse Neglect Financial exploitation Sadly, most of this abuse goes unreported if the victim feels shame, a fear of becoming dependent, a desire not to be relocated or when the abuser is a family member. In some cases, it is possible the victim doesn’t even realize the abuse is happening. What are State Representatives Doing to Protect the Elderly? Luckily, the General…
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