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3 signs your parent is experiencing nursing home abuse

If your elderly parent is in a nursing home, it is normal for you to expect him or her to receive a high standard of care. Older people need assistance with daily tasks and consistent medical attention. When you choose a long-term care facility for your parent, you hope you are making the right choice.

Sadly, not all nursing homes are good environments. In fact, some can be downright abusive. Watch out for these red flags that your mom or dad is in a dangerous situation.

Can injuries from a car accident show up later?

Getting into a car crash can be a traumatic experience, especially if it involves an injury. However, sometimes car accidents occur and it seems as if there are no injuries. It is not uncommon for a driver to have a rather serious crash but feel there are no major injuries to speak of following the incident.

What many drivers are unaware of is that there are certain types of serious injuries that have a delayed onset. That means an injury could actually manifest symptoms not right away, but hours, days or even months after the car accident. It is important to know about these types of delayed onset injuries so that, if you are in a car accident, you can be aware of the symptoms and know what to do.

Bedsore risks for nursing home residents

Entrusting another person or entity to provide quality care for your elder loved one is always difficult. Chances are, you want to believe that the care he or she will receive while in a nursing home or assisted living facility is equal or superior to the care you, yourself, would provide if you could.

Unfortunately, however, this is often not the case, with many American nursing homes suffering from chronic understaffing and a range of related issues that can impact quality of care. When nursing homes cannot maintain an adequate number of workers on staff, the quality of care residents receive typically suffers, and in some cases, residents develop what are known as bedsores, or pressure ulcers.

5 commonly delayed car accident injuries

When you get into a fender bender, you may not think that you are hurt. However, you have a lot of adrenaline after an auto accident, which masks pain from injuries.

If you do not feel immediate pain, you may try to wait and see and get medical attention later. This will hurt your case. Insurance companies and juries will not believe you were injured if you did not promptly seek medical treatment. Assuming your injuries are minimal and not getting treatment are two of the biggest mistakes you can make after an accident. Here are five commonly delayed injuries:

How to tell if the nursing home is neglecting your parent

If your parent resides in a Texas nursing home, you likely worry about the level and quality of care (s)he receives there. Despite all the federal and state laws that protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect, elderly and ill patients nevertheless often receive substandard care

Obviously, you cannot go to your parent’s nursing home every day to check up on him or her, but you should be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect each and every time you go there. Here are some red flags to watch for.

When your children are in the car accident as well

Being hit when you are alone in your car is bad enough. Now imagine if your children were in your car as well. Unfortunately, many people do not have to imagine this because it is exactly what happened to them.

Adrenaline drives quite a few parents, as is common in stressful situations. They check on their children, making sure they are all right, and comfort them in the aftermath. Meanwhile, there is the other driver to deal with and possibly police officers. Who cares if your back hurts a little bit? What is more important is getting your children seen and treated, or if that does not seem necessary, then getting them to a safe place where they can rest and process the day's events.

Watch out for financial exploitation in nursing homes

Having a parent in a nursing home already comes with much anxiety. You worry about the various types of abuse that can occur, as well as medical errors and neglect due to increasing rates of understaffing.

Perhaps your parent is lucky enough to escape these horrors, but there are others to be aware of. One of the most common forms of elder abuse, and maybe the easiest to hide, is financial exploitation. Know the types and signs so you can prevent your parent from losing valuable assets or getting kicked out of the nursing home for overdue bills.

When to see a doctor after a car accident

Unless you get into a severe collision that draws emergency responders to the scene, you may not know if or when you should go to the doctor following a car accident. Maybe your provider has limited availability or you do not have health insurance right now. What do you do?

The simple answer is to see a medical professional as soon as possible no matter the circumstances. It will only help your case.

Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes Rampant

Large amounts of nursing homes here in Texas are understaffed, creating a situation where the nurses are stretched too thin in the activities. Many of the residents have mental health issues that require extensive attention and can be challenging to deal with. The common person would expect the homes to just hire additional nurses to pick up some of the work, but in practice the nursing homes have decided on a cheaper, more sinister solution.

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