Sedentary Lifestyle Increases Health Problems at Nursing Homes

Sedentary Lifestyle Health Problems at Nursing Homes

Nursing Home Abuse

A sedentary lifestyle is not healthy for anyone, especially those in a nursing home facility. Unfortunately, the majority of nursing home residents do not receive adequate physical activity during the day. By keeping your loved one sedentary, your family member is at a higher risk of nursing home abuse.

Sedentary Lifestyle Leads to Health Problems

Some nursing home facilities only schedule a minimal amount of time for physical activities. Most residents remain sedentary around 80 percent of the time. Some of the lack of exercise is due to the resident’s physical condition. But other times, the staff is neglectful and ignores the health and well-being of your loved one.

A lifestyle with limited physical activities can lead to a wide range of health issues, and it can also cause a faster progression of disabling diseases and conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Dementia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Daily exercise can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of these illnesses and conditions.

Residents with Mobility Issues Are at Risk

Most residents with mobility issues have a high level of physical dependency on their caregivers in a nursing home. They are also at a higher risk for falls and other injuries in the facility. At some facilities, these patients are neglected by the staff. Immobilized patients can still have a limited schedule for light activity.

If the elder care facility fails to exercise or move the patient properly, they are at risk of developing bed sores. The facility has a responsibility to care for all members of the nursing home despite the resident’s physical limitations.

Bed Sores Are the First Sign of Neglect

Any resident who has mobility issues are at risk of developing a bed sore. If the resident cannot move themselves to relieve pressure points on the body, there is a higher chance for bed sores developing in that area. The facility’s staff should be vigilant and prevent bed sores on their residents.

If you are noticing bed sores, you may want to keep an eye on other signs of neglect in the nursing home. An irresponsible staff is not the cause of all bed sores, but it is a cause for concern for your loved one.

Bed sores can be found all over the body, but they are common on the elbows, shoulder blades, heels, hips, and tailbone areas. A responsible staff will do everything to ensure the resident does not develop these sores. Many immobilized patients will receive pressure-relieving devices like pillows or mattresses to stop the development of the wounds.

Legal Counsel for Your Nursing Home Abuse Case

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to many medical conditions and emotional abuse of residential patients. The staff should always act responsibly in the care of your family member. If your loved one has suffered negligent care at a nursing home, you need to contact the experienced legal team at Zimmett & Zimmett. Every resident deserves to be treated with dignity at a nursing home facility, and you should not have to worry about the level of care for your loved one. Call our office at (386) 210-9658 to schedule a consultation for your nursing home abuse case.

Nursing Home Abuse in Florida

What You Need to Know About Nursing Home Abuse in Florida

Elder abuse is a serious issue across the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as five million senior citizens are abused each year. Many cases go unreported, since many people in this vulnerable demographic have limited access to outside help and resources, and victims often worry that reporting the abuse or neglect may lead to even worse conditions. Sadly, several reports have found that only 1 in 14 cases is ever reported.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse in FloridaIt’s essential that family members and loved ones advocate for elderly friends and family members by frequently visiting them. This allows you to monitor changes in their condition, as well as spot the early warning signs of abuse.

Since many are too frightened to talk about what’s happening to them, be mindful of the following telltale signs:

  • Physical Abuse, including unexplained bruises, pressure marks, scrapes, and burns
  • Neglect, including poor hygiene, untreated or ignored medical conditions, weight loss, and bedsores
  • Verbal and Emotional Abuse, including sudden changes in personality or demeanor, a decrease in contact with loved ones, and withdrawal from activities and relationships

While it’s true that these signs aren’t always indicative of abuse or neglect, they are cause for further investigation and discussion.

Nursing Home Abuse Reports in Florida

Cameras are not currently required in Florida nursing homes, but some families have started placing hidden cameras in loved ones’ rooms to support suspicions of abuse. Proof of abuse makes it impossible for administrators to ignore or deny a problem, which allows residents and their family members to seek justice.

Recordings taken in a Pompano Beach nursing home show a nursing assistant abusing a victim with dementia. The video shows the nursing assistant hitting the man on the head, dousing him with mouthwash, and throwing him into a chair. In Boynton Beach, nursing home employees were charged after they restrained a resident with duct tape and then used it to cover her mouth.

Getting Justice for Victims of Abuse

Navigating a nursing home abuse case can be challenging, since administrators often try to:

  • Cover up instances of abuse
  • Handle issues internally
  • Flat-out deny a family’s allegations

A lawyer with specialized experience in elder abuse is the best way to get answers and seek justice for victims.

Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Today 

As the elderly population of Florida continues to increase, more and more people are moving into nursing homes and assisted care facilities. Residents deserve thoughtful and appropriate care. If someone in your life has been the victim of nursing home abuse, call Zimmet & Zimmet today at (386) 210-9629.

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