Wally Mountz

Wally Mountz

Contributing Author

Wally Mountz is a graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Florida Atlantic University and holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University. His experience as a Forensic Detective, Crime Scene Investigator, and police officer often required providing assistance to many injured, disabled, or ill persons navigating the public healthcare system. Retired after nearly forty years in law enforcement, Wally now applies his vast investigative experience to research and writing.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect

By / February 18, 2018 / Nursing Home Care / No Comments

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to provide services that ensure safety, security, and competent medical care for you or your loved one. Too many times, this is not happening. The facilities, nurses and their assistants may be understaffed, overworked, and undertrained. Due to this, elderly neglect in nursing homes is not uncommon. Sometimes things go wrong with the care you expected to receive. There may be an elderly injury, a complication, neglect, or even out and out physical abuse. You may find yourself paying top dollar for these insufficient or criminal services. There are many times when...Read more

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

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There is a wide variety of potential abuse situations that could befall a patient in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Nursing home abuse might be a one-time incident, or it could be an ongoing situation over months or even years. Of course, many facilities do a fine job of taking care of the elderly, however not all of them do so. This is such a very important job – entrusting your relative to someone else’s care. It cannot be taken lightly. Often times the pressure of finances takes precedence over the care of patients. In these circumstances, you must...Read more

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

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You can greatly contribute to your relative’s or your friend’s well-being in a nursing home or an assisted living facility by monitoring the situation whenever you visit. Your suspicions should be aroused if you are delayed in visiting the patient during normal visiting hours or even being denied access. If a staff member insists on staying with you during your entire visit, it may indicate that something is amiss and that they could be trying to hide something. Possible Physical Abuse Injuries, such as bruises, restraint marks, fractures Sudden weight loss Bedsores Dehydration Over sedation or over medication Possible Verbal...Read more

What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

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If you suspect that your relative or friend in a nursing home or an assisted living facility is being neglected or abused, do not ignore it. Here is a list of actions that you can take: Talk to the Victim Talk in detail to the elderly patient and put together the story so that you are certain what has happened or what is happening. Ask question and try to verify the story by checking on the claims that are being made. For example, if the patient complains that someone is stealing from him or her, attempt to determine if the...Read more

Nursing Home Abuse Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I look for when selecting a nursing home or assisted living arrangement? Protecting your loved ones from nursing home neglect and abuse starts when you select a nursing home, assisted living or long-term care facility. If you are the one helping to locate a nursing home or long term care residence for your loved one, do your homework. While accidents can happen at even the best providers, knowing what to look for ahead of time should help you prevent or minimize problems. Often the decision to move into a nursing home is done on short notice, but protecting...Read more

Physical Abuse in a Nursing Home

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It is hard to imagine a situation where nursing home staff would intentionally cause active, physical harm to a patient, but sadly it does occur. If an attendant has slapped, pinched, kicked or in any other way physically harmed a nursing home resident, this is physical abuse that must be reported to management and may be serious grounds for pursuing a nursing home abuse lawsuit. Restraint or Strangulation Injuries Ethics plays a huge role in the use of physical restraints. There are many concerns here, including social and psychological considerations, and all should be thought through completely by the medical...Read more

Assault and Battery by the Nursing Home Staff

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In many instances, nursing home residents may have decreased or lost physical and cognitive abilities, and now have a childlike view of their world. The stresses and pressures of meeting the daily needs of these residents are multiplied by the pressures of the job: Inadequate time to perform daily chores, unceasing demands of residents, and a higher and higher workload with no relief from administration. In addition, some residents may make unreasonable demands of caregivers, and may even strike caregivers, without realizing what they are doing due to mental illness or the loss of their mental functions. This could lead to...Read more

Falls and Accidents in a Nursing Home

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Falls are one of the most worrying accidents that can happen to a nursing home resident. A fall can often lead to an injury that may cause long-lasting complications or even death. About one-half of all residents in nursing homes fall each year. Out of those, approximately one in ten suffer a serious injury from the fall. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nursing home falls are caused by environmental hazards 16-27% of the time. These can be reduced or eliminated in most cases. Inadequate lighting, slippery floors, beds at an incorrect height, or debris in walkways can...Read more

Financial Abuse in a Nursing Home

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Financial abuse by a nursing home is the intentional use of a patient’s financial assets without personal or legal authorization. Nursing home residents may not have the mental capacity to handle their finances. Patients without a relative or trusted friend to monitor their finances may put them in the hands of the nursing home’s administration. While many nursing homes manage these finances responsibly, errors can be made and individual employees can act deceitfully. The expansive definition of this act is when someone illegally uses a nursing home resident’s property, money, or assets. This can involve someone stealing personal belongings from the...Read more

Medical Abuse and Neglect in a Nursing Home

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Here is a partial list of medical conditions and complications that may or may not be the result of incorrect medical procedures or care. Be aware of the procedures, treatments or medications your loved one is receiving. Do not be afraid to ask questions of the medical staff as to the benefits they hope to derive from providing them, and how they will know if they are working properly. Problems with Medical Devices Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have numerous medical aids for the benefit of their patients. Some of these may fail for a variety of reasons, such...Read more

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