Nursing Home Challenges for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

A Denver nursing home resident is helped out of bed Many victims of nursing home abuse suffer from some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. The Denver nursing home abuse lawyers at Leventhal Sar LLC understand that these patients have unique needs and deserve safe, attentive care.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which causes cognitive and behavioral problems to worsen over time. Cognitively, a person may have difficulty understanding things and thinking clearly. They might suffer from disorientation, confusion and forgetfulness. An individual with Alzheimer’s may exhibit behavioral problems such as agitation, irritation and difficulty with self-care.

For many, the behavior challenges are the most distressing. Not only do the symptoms stem from progressive brain determination, but they can worsen over time through medication and environmental influences.

In nursing home abuse and neglect cases, it is not uncommon for troubles to escalate upon a patient experiencing a new change or other behavioral trigger that they are unable to effectively manage. Some of these events include:

  • Admission to a hospital
  • Misperceived threats
  • Changes in familiar environments or caregivers
  • Moving to a new residence, nursing home or room

A nursing home has an obligation to develop an individualized care plan that promotes a patient’s health, secures a patient’s dignity and protects a patient’s safety. This includes managing mood swings and confusion brought on by dementia and Alzheimer’s. If the nursing home fails to follow a reasonable standard of care, a patient can suffer mental anguish as well as preventable accidents such as catastrophic slip and falls.

If your loved one is exhibiting signs of emotional or physical abuse in the Cherry Creek, Aurora or Denver areas, it is important to contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Leventhal Sar LLC today online or at 720.667.3030 for a free consultation.

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