Mistreatment In Geriatric Care Homes

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Ashley Helping Those Who Can No Longer Help Themselves Geriatric mistreatment in care facilities is one devastating problem growing in America. Families, who have loved ones in nursing homes, or personal care homes, should not have to worry about their family members being abused either emotionally, or physically at geriatric care facilities. Geriatric care homes have one purpose to them, to care for elderly patients who can no longer take care of themselves. It is painful too see how individuals who have raised and cared for our generation cannot find proper care during their crucial time in need. Elongating Certified Nursing Aide programs, family involvement, increasing security cameras throughout geriatric care facilities and additional…show more content…
It is hard to detect mistreatment to a family member if their family, or friends, on a regular schedule are not visiting them. Family members involvement with the care facility can make a huge impact on the quality of care their family member is receiving. Family involvement is crucial when it comes to spotting and preventing geriatric abuse. The more frequently families visit their loved ones, the faster they can spot any kind of mistreatment taking place at the care facility. Any unexplained injuries, bruises, scars, and welts are all signs of elder mistreatment. Signs of caregiver neglect include unusual weight loss of patient, untreated injuries of any sort, living in an unsanitary and unsafe environment, being left dirty, and being left alone in a public area. Simple actions such as offering to watch over your family member so the caregiver can take a break, and looking over their medications to make sure the correct amount of medication is being administered to them, can play a large role in preventing elder abuse. If any family member finds that a caregiver, or anyone in charge of caring for the patient, is being controlling, verbally aggressive, or threatening, they need to report the situation right away. On another note, it is reported that two-thirds of geriatric…show more content…
When an employee is bombarded with too many patients under their care, it causes stress to the employee, and as an effect they lose concern for the patient. Many geriatric care facilities are under staffed, and the pay rate is very low compared to other health care professions. Nurse’s aides have a very high job turnover rate which leads to lack of bonding with their patient, and the patient receiving a new caregiver every few months, which will cause confusion to both the patient and the employee. Inadequate staffing is a huge factor and problem in nursing homes. According to the U.S. House of Representatives, majority of nursing homes do not have enough staff to meet the levels recommended by federal officials; the levels recommended are 3.45 nursing hours per patient daily. Senior’s usually lose their primary care physician, who is most familiar with the patient’s medical history and conditions, when they enter a nursing home. As a result of entering a new living environment, elders are given a doctor who has minimal knowledge when it comes to their medical history, and unfortunately physicians in nursing homes have an overload of patients and are constantly in a rush. Under federal law, physicians in nursing facilities are only required to see the resident once every thirty days for the first ninety days after a new patient is admitted to the nursing home. After the

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