Most families want to keep elderly loved ones living independently for as long as possible. However, many eventually require the specialized care of a nursing home. This is especially true for loved ones suffering from dementia. 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 brain that leads to cognitive problems and eventually dementia. Nursing home residents deserve extra care and attention no matter what form they suffer from.
Nursing homes have increased responsibilities when they admit a resident suffering from dementia. For example, many dementia patients are unable to perform daily tasks, such as basic hygiene, and instead require the assistance of nursing home staff for routine health maintenance. Unfortunately, most facilities fail to adequately staff – or train staff – to care for patients with cognitive decline. In these cases, injuries to, and neglect of, 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 possible. 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.