One of the biggest fears of children or other loved ones of elderly persons is that by placing an elderly adult within a nursing home, that individual will have a decreased quality of life. Or, worse, that they may suffer nursing home neglect or abuse. Fortunately, technology can play a role in both preventing and detecting abuse and neglect. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, call an attorney directly. 

What Is Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect?

Nursing home abuse occurs when an elderly resident within a nursing home is emotionally, physically, or sexually abused, or is a victim of a financial crime. Neglect is more passive but can be equally as dangerous, and includes failing to provide proper supervision and assistance to a nursing home resident, failure to ensure adequate hydration and nutrition, and failure to provide emotional and social support. 

The Role of Technology in Preventing and Detecting Abuse and Neglect

There are multiple technology types that can be integrated into the nursing home environment in order to reduce the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as detect the occurrence of abuse and neglect in some cases. These technologies include:

  • Cameras. Cameras that are placed throughout a nursing home can be both a preventative tool, as well as a continuous monitoring and abuse detection tool. In the event that abuse and neglect do occur, recorded footage of the event(s) can be a critical form of evidence when pursuing damages. 
  • E-learning platforms. E-learning platforms can provide training and education to staff, as well as other caregivers, including concerned loved ones. Through these platforms, relevant individuals can engage in modules on recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect, residents’ rights, and nursing home safety. 
  • Wearable technologies. Some wearable devices, such as smartwatches and heart rate monitors, may make tracking and recording resident information easier. Additionally, such devices may be able to alert nursing home staff to any issues or problems, such as a resident fall or an event that necessitates immediate care.
  • Telehealth services. One way that doctors and other medical professionals are able to see more patients is through telehealth services. These services help to ensure that a patient receives timely medical attention. 

Challenges to Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

Of course, while the above technologies are important tools in the fight to eliminate nursing home abuse and neglect, it’s important to remember that implementation challenges exist. These challenges include, but are not limited to, financing challenges for the nursing home, privacy concerns of residents, and personal preferences of both caregivers and patients. 

Get Help for Your Loved One Today

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, it’s important that you take action immediately. At the office of Tetzel Law, our experienced nursing home abuse attorney will advocate for you. Call today at (617) 742-1700 or use the intake form on our website to send us a message directly.