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A former nursing home employee was recently arrested after allegations of patient abuse at a local Sandusky elderly care center, bringing attention to a problem that is growing at the same rate as the number of baby boomers in America.

The questions surrounding the alleged Sandusky nursing home abuse include whether or not the accused was acting under the scope of his employment when the nursing home abuse occurred, if there were any prior complaints, and if so, were they investigated? Was there negligence in his hiring, training, and supervision?

Nursing home abuse or neglect can occur in many different ways, and since the patient is often not able to communicate verbally if there is a problem and he or she is not in the constant care of family members or loved ones, the nursing home abuse may go unnoticed until the next time they visit. According to Injury Board, examples of nursing home abuse can result in bedsores and ulcers, dehydration or malnutrition, extreme loss of weight, broken bones, cuts, bruises, or even unexplained wrongful death. Nursing home neglect can also be described as failure to provide proper nutrition, clothing, or personal hygiene.

Our Toledo, Ohio personal injury attorneys encourage families to choose nursing homes wisely in order to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect from happening to your parents or loved ones. Do extensive research on the homes and ask trusted family and friends for their opinions. Visit prospective nursing homes to find out about their cleanliness, condition and appearance of current patients, as well as their procedures on bathing, feeding and taking care of the elderly. Check the nursing home’s quality ratings with the state. Talk with your doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for their advice. Make sure that the nursing home you choose for your loved ones chooses their employees carefully, including a background check, in order to keep your elderly family members safe in their new home.

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