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Nursing home care for patients with dementia

As Florida residents who have family members with dementia may know, a standard of care must be maintained for those family members to keep them safe. Nursing homes hold responsibility for residents with dementia, including those with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is caused by a worsening of the mental processes in individuals due to deterioration of brain cells. It results in worsening symptoms over time that are characteristics of the disease. This may include agitation, forgetfulness, inability to care for oneself, disorientation and problems understanding.

One particular problem associated with dementia patients is that they must be guarded by the nursing home staff against falls, pressure sores if they are bedridden and other injuries that may cause further deterioration of the individual's health. Alzheimer's patients might also be affected by changes from the daily routine such as being moved to a different room, which may cause symptoms of disorientation and agitation.

Nursing homes are entrusted to provide a safe environment for Alzheimer's patients and have a daily responsibility to ensure the standard of care provided keeps them safe and guards against injuries while continually reevaluating the care of that patient to ensure that treatment and care is optimal. Care is particularly important with an Alzheimer's patient since he or she may be unable to communicate problems with his or her health condition. Failure of a nursing home to monitor a patient properly may result in a worsening of the patient's condition.

If an individual has a family member in a nursing home and that home does not maintain a proper standard of care, it may be considered nursing home neglect. It may be advisable to speak to an attorney in that instance. After evaluating the situation, an attorney may be able to assist by filing a lawsuit to recover damages.

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