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NURSING HOME ABUSE

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Recent statistics estimate that between one and two million elderly Americans age 65 or older have been neglected, abused or mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.

 

Furthermore, a report released by the House Government Reform Committee found that approximately 35% of the elderly nursing homes Colorado and in the United States were cited for not upholding regulations resulting in resident neglect or abuse.  Clearly, a substantial percentage of nursing homes simply do not treat the elderly and infirm members of our society with the respect and dignity they deserve and are promised in nursing home regulations.

 

This neglect, abuse and mistreatment continues despite the passing of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 by the Federal Government, which guaranteed important rights and regulations for nursing home residents.

According to nursing home regulations, nursing home neglect includes:

  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene

  • Failure to provide appropriate food, clothing and shelter

  • Failure to provide appropriate medical care

  • Failure to prevent or treat malnutrition and dehydration

  • Failure to prevent falls

 

Nursing home abuse as outlined in nursing home regulations includes:

  • Development of bed sores and ulcers

  • Excessive and/or rapid weight loss

  • Broken bones and/or unexplained falls

  • Open wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts

  • Unexplained or unexpected death

  • Injuries resulting from restraint or lack of restraint

 The elderly have become the fastest growing segment of the population.  The number of individuals who rely on nursing homes and other long term medical facilities for elder care has increased as well.

 

As a result Irwin Fraley, PLLC nursing home & elder abuse attorneys find many homes violating regulations and nursing home lawyers see many devastating cases of elder neglect, abuse, and injury in Colorado and throughout the country.  Our legal team of dedicated Colorado elder abuse and neglect lawyers can take action against responsible parties and help protect victims’ rights against proper regulations.