Dementia and Oregon Nursing Home Abuse: Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

The Link Between Oregon Nursing Home Abuse and Dementia Explained by Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers 


One common condition that nursing home residents are suffering from is dementia.  This has become an increasing problem in the United States.  According to the CDC, dementia deaths have doubled in the US over approximately the last 20 years.  In fact, if all forms/subsets of dementia deaths were counted together (including Alzheimer’s), dementia would be the third leading cause of death in the United States behind only heart disease and cancer.  That is a shocking statistic which highlights the importance of nursing homes because dementia is generally a later-in-life condition.  But our Portland nursing home abuse lawyers know that residents with dementia are also commonly victims of Oregon nursing home abuse.  Learn more about dementia, this unfortunate connection, and how we can help below.


What is Dementia?


Dementia is a loss of cognitive functioning.  This impairment affects how an individual’s brain operates, including affecting memory, language skills, reasoning, and other critical functions.  Dementia can also impair an individual’s behavior, causing them to act in an uncharacteristic manner.  Individuals may lose their ability to function on a daily basis, even basic hygiene such as brushing teeth, showering, or using the restroom.  Dementia generally progresses as the connections within the brain begin to stop forming and depreciate.  The longer a person has dementia, the greater the impact.  


Why is Dementia Prevalent in Nursing Homes?


Dementia is prevalent in nursing homes because the older and individual is, the more susceptible to dementia that person becomes.  According to government research, approximately half of individuals aged 85 years or older have some form of dementia.  This is a very large percentage of the public and research directly correlates age to dementia.  It also highlights the fact that people are living longer due to medical advancements.  This means that individuals may be beating other diseases and conditions, or may be able to manage diseases or conditions that may have caused a person’s death.  In order to do this, many people needs more focused healthcare.


This is why nursing homes are growing rapidly.  Healthcare facilities and nursing home providers work with individuals who have dementia or are battling other conditions.  This higher level of care at nursing homes is what helps individuals manage other serious conditions, including dementia.  Residents with dementia require a greater level of care and treatment, particularly to help with hygiene and eating, supervise to guard against wandering and elopement, and for medication administration or medical care.


Why are Dementia Residents More Susceptible to Oregon Nursing Home Abuse?


Residents suffering from dementia are easier targets for nursing home abuse.  This abuse could be physical, sexual, financial, or even just neglect.  Many residents with dementia may simply be unable to defend themselves from unwanted advancements.  Other residents may be non-communicative and unable to report their abuse.  Some residents may be under heavy medication, in a near-vegetative state, or have such severe cognitive defects that the resident may not know he or she is the victim of abuse.  


Our Portland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Protect the Rights of Dementia Residents Harmed by Unscrupulous Nursing Homes


While many nursing homes due guard against nursing home abuse and protect strong protections to the must needy of residents, like dementia patients, other nursing homes simply cut corners to increase their profits.  This places residents who need the most help in the most vulnerable position.  Some nursing home abuse could cause serious personal injuries, including unexplained deaths.


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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