A horrifying story from a nursing home in Georgia recently came to light. A scabies outbreak was left unchecked at the Shepard Hills Nursing Home in Lafayette, and a elderly woman died from the infestation. The lawsuit filed by the woman’s family alleges that health officials knew about the issue but failed to order an inspection.
Nursing homes should be safe places for their residents. However, millions of seniors sustain injuries in these assisted living establishments every year. With the elderly population expected to skyrocket in the United States in the coming decades, these injuries are only going to become more prevalent.
What to look for
In many cases, an injury in a nursing home is an accident. However, there are many cases where it is a result of abuse or neglect. It is vital for family members and friends to know about and recognize the most common injuries:
If you have a loved one living in a nursing facility, visit often and ask lots of questions if something doesn’t seem right. A change in emotions or behaviors are red flags, as are unexplained bruises or cuts.
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