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Maine Alzheimer’s Disease Patients are Often at Risk for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

1323680_question_mark sxchu username 7rains.jpgCurrently, the State of Maine has one of the oldest populations in the country. According to a 2013 Alzheimer’s Association report, an estimated 25,000 Maine residents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and thousands more are directly affected by the dementia disorder through their friends and loved ones. In addition, the rate of death from Alzheimer’s disease in Maine is significantly higher than the national average. In fact, about 38 Maine residents per 100,000 people reportedly die each year as a result of the disease, while an average of 27 per 100,000 Americans across the country succumb to the illness. By 2025, an estimated 7 million people nationwide are expected to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to malfunction and die. As a result, it can have a dramatic effect on a person’s behavior, memory, and overall thought processes. Caring for Alzheimer’s patients can be costly and emotionally burdensome. In 2012, about 68,000 people in Maine spent approximately 77 million hours caring for someone afflicted with the disorder. As symptoms progress, many families throughout our state find they are unable to safely care for loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. According to Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Brenda Gallant, funding for adult day care and in-home elder care services is currently inadequate. Consequently, many families turn to nursing homes and other long-term residential care facilities.

Unfortunately, some skilled nursing facility patients are neglected or abused by the very people who are paid to care for them. Nursing home residents may experience broken bones, over-medication, bedsores, verbal abuse, falls, theft of personal items, and other abuse. Additionally, simple neglect often results when an insufficient number of properly trained staff is employed by a facility. The State of Maine has established a number of special procedures for bringing an abuse or negligence claim against a nursing home or other health care facility. If your friend or family member was the victim of neglect or abuse at a Maine skilled nursing facility, you should contact a quality nursing home neglect attorney to discuss your case.

If your loved one was injured or died as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, please call Briggs & Wholey, LLC toll free at (888) 596-1099. The dedicated Maine nursing home negligence lawyers at Briggs & Wholey have more than 50 years of combined experience helping the families of those who were mistreated, neglected, or tragically killed by someone who was tasked with providing their care. At Briggs & Wholey, our hardworking attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have and help you file your nursing home neglect or abuse case. Our competent lawyers are available to assist senior clients and their loved ones throughout the State of Maine. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled advocate, contact Briggs & Wholey, LLC through our website.

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