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In Nursing Homes, An Infection Can Be a Sign of Neglect

In nursing homes that neglect resident hygiene and urgent medical care, a seemingly minor infection in one resident can swiftly escalate into a severe health threat to the individual and the entire facility's elderly population. Nursing home residents are particularly susceptible to infections due to factors such as advanced age, weakened immune systems, underlying health...

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Burn & Scald Injuries Can Result From Nursing Home Neglect

Facilities need adequate staffing and precautions to protect residents Nursing home residents, because of their age and medical conditions, are vulnerable to a wide variety of injuries. Some of the most painful and devastating injuries elderly people can sustain are burn and scald injuries. That's why protecting residents from burn risks is one of a...

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Understanding Liability After a Nursing Home Resident Suffers a Brain Injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals aged 75 and older face the highest rates of hospitalizations and fatalities due to traumatic brain injuries, a statistic that includes residents in nursing facilities. For an elderly nursing home resident, surviving a brain injury may bring not only physical challenges but also a...

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Increase In Agency Nursing Home Staff Raises Concerns About Care

How common is it for nursing homes to have temporary staff? Nursing homes have often used independent staffing agencies to help address temporary staffing shortages. For example, when staff members go on vacation or are out sick. However, a study has found that since the pandemic, nursing homes have increasingly relied on temporary agency staff,...

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Nursing Home Inspection Backlog Plagues Alabama Facilities

When placing your loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you presumably expect a safe environment that provides the best possible care. After all, that's what nursing homes are designed for. A regular nursing home inspection of an Alabama facility is an important part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our elderly population....

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Nursing Homes Must Reduce Choking Risks for Elderly Residents

Seniors 65 and older face a significantly higher risk of choking and asphyxiation. Researchers estimate that up to 40 percent of elderly nursing home residents experience difficulty swallowing. At Shuttlesworth Law Firm, P.C., we understand that this risk is a serious concern and that choking incidents are often signs of nursing home negligence. Choking can...

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Neglect Can Lead To Concussions in Nursing Homes

Nursing home facilities are responsible for the health and safety of residents. But every year, many residents suffer concussions that are the result of nursing home neglect. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can occur when someone suffers a head injury – and it can have a significant impact on well-being...

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Why Are UTIs So Common in Nursing Homes?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a widespread medical concern among nursing home residents, particularly older adults. Alarmingly, numerous cases of UTIs in long-term care facilities are rooted in neglect and abuse toward residents. This raises significant questions: What factors contribute to the prevalence of UTIs in nursing homes? What are the underlying reasons for their...

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