The Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi understands that the challenges faced by the elderly are not limited to physical ailments. Our nursing home neglect specialists are very familiar with issues such as capacity that are related to cognitive disorders. We understand the sensitive nature of these disorders and we are confident that we can provide you with the legal services that you and your loved one need.
While one of the most common cognitive disorders is dementia, there are many other lesser known cognitive disorders that affect the greater majority of the elderly population. According to the American Nurses Association, 60% of nursing home residents suffer from at least one cognitive disease. While the effects of cognitive disorders can sometimes be reversed if they are diagnosed early, most of these conditions are degenerative, unfortunately, and become more severe with age.
The increased dependency that is inherent in elderly adults undergoing cognitive decline is what makes the role of the skilled nursing facility so crucial. Nursing homes are responsible for ensuring that your loved one is being properly cared for and that activities of daily living (ADLs) are being carried out by well-trained and knowledgeable staff. A high-quality staff entails both physical and emotional support, however. As adults age and lose the ability to care for themselves, they often feel ashamed or embarrassed, especially with the onset of more serious symptoms such as incontinence. It is extremely important that the nursing home staff is highly encouraging, supportive, and understanding, as these feelings of shame often further aggravate other cognitive disorders such as depression and social isolation.
Because cognitive diseases are extremely delicate and difficult to treat, it is important to find a skilled nursing facility with a trustworthy staff that will not abuse or take advantage of your loved one. Please contact us today if your loved one suffers from a cognitive disorder and you feel that he or she is a victim of nursing home neglect.