Families keep loved ones living independently for a long as possible. However, many elders eventually require the specialized care of a nursing home. This is especially true for loved ones suffering from dementia. Indeed, over 5.1 million people over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia, while half of all people over age 85 suffer from the disease. Too often, however, these elders are neglected by the nursing home facility rather than given the care they were promised.
Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a broad term used to describe the loss of memory and cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for 60-80 percent of all cases. Vascular dementia is the result of many small strokes in the brains that lead to cognitive problems and eventually dementia. Nursing home residents deserve extra care and attention no matter what form they suffer from.
Indeed, nursing homes accept increased responsibilities when they admit a resident suffering from dementia. For example, elders are unable to perform many routine tasks and instead require the assistance of nursing home staff. Unfortunately, most facilities fail to adequately staff – or train staff – to care for patients with this disease. In these cases, injuries to residents suffering from dementia are common and have even resulted in death.
Nursing home abuse and negligence claims involve many complex legal and medical issues. Having the right attorney is essential to recovering what you deserve. Our Midwest nursing home abuse law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve. More importantly, our firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us to protect your family.