Nursing Homes Abuse Editorial Guidelines

The NursingHomesAbuse.org website provides educational resources for seniors and their loved ones who are seeking information or legal assistance for nursing home abuse. Our website offers an in-depth knowledge base and connections to reputable resources across the United States.

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Expert Knowledge

“Abuse” is defined as intentional injury, unreasonable restrictions, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. Nursing home abuse specifically involves harm or injury purposefully done to vulnerable adults under treatment at a nursing home, long term care, or assisted living facility. These intentional acts may cause pain, suffering, financial losses, or impairment. Unfortunately, the physical and mental health repercussions for nursing home abuse victims can last for many years. 

NursingHomesAbuse.org is a highly specialized website created to support seniors and their families. Our organization was founded to inform people about the risks of nursing home abuse, and to help individuals take legal action if a loved one has been injured. A nursing home abuse lawsuit is a type of legal action that can be taken after an elder suffered serious injuries while living in a nursing facility. A civil lawsuit allows residents and their families to pursue financial compensation from the facilities and/or staff who wronged them.

When researching for the best care for a loved one, it’s common to evaluate the nursing home or assisted living facility’s staff, processes, and systems of care. You want to feel complete confidence in helping your loved one enter a positive environment. The sad fact is, the abuse of senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is widespread and underreported. Nursing home abuse takes on various forms, such as physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse. Senior living abuse may also show up in the form of neglect and abandonment. Every situation is unique, which is why NursingHomesAbuse.org makes a concerted effort to share informational content that spans the breadth of knowledge available on these topics.

The team behind NursingHomesAbuse.org consists of an experienced legal group, topical expert content writers, and an in-house medical expert who focuses on performing ongoing medical content creation and review. 

The content published across the NursingHomesAbuse.org website helps to educate and inform the public about nursing home abuse, so people are best positioned to recognize these situations and help prevent them. All content across the has been thoroughly investigated and approved by medical expert Patricia Shelton, MD. By joining NursingHomesAbuse.org as a medical content writer and reviewer, Dr. Shelton takes on the challenge of helping people identify signs of abuse in their loved one. 

Dr. Shelton has built her career as a medical communications expert for over a decade. Patricia devotes her life and professional practice to educating people on important health and medical matters. As a doctoral-level expert in the study of the human body, she is passionate about helping people discover and appreciate the power they hold in their bodies. Patricia injects enthusiasm into every teaching opportunity, whether she is teaching through written articles, lecturing college-level science courses, or training yoga teachers. She teaches anatomy and physiology courses at the National Institutes of Health and is an instructor for yoga teacher training programs. Her unique approach to yoga instruction combines her Western science knowledge with Eastern yoga techniques and methodologies.

The expertise Patricia brings to NursingHomesAbuse.org as a whole goes beyond her career as a doctor, professor, and yoga practitioner. She is highly sought after to create and evaluate health-related websites, test prep materials, white papers, court documents, and more. Her book, The Yoga Doctor, was published in 2015. 

Dr. Shelton maintains an active presence across the NursingHomesAbuse.org website. Most of the content on our website is written by Patricia, and that which she doesn’t write, she exercises due diligence in preventing misinformation on these sensitive topics. The content on our site is routinely reviewed to ensure accuracy. While investigating the content, Patricia relies on her years of academic and professional experience and the expert knowledge of the team at NursingHomesAbuse.org. As part of her vetting process, she confirms medical facts using national and international medical publications and media outlets. 

NursingHomesAbuse.org’s content is planned with the intent of helping people to assess the potentially risky behaviors of nursing home staff. It is important to approach conversations about abuse early and carefully, to provide seniors and their families with the tools needed to recognize danger when they see it. 

None of the content on this website is intended to be a substitute for legal or professional medical advice.

Principal Contributors

Patricia Shelton, MD, is the leading examiner of the content published across this website. 

Patricia earned her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Washington. Her background is in Neuroscience and Medicine. Dr. Shelton is widely recognized as an brilliant, thought-provoking medical content writer and thought leader in the wellness space. Dr. Shelton has studied the effects of nursing home abuse and neglect and is passionate about making these immoral actions a part of the public narrative.

Before joining NursingHomesAbuse.org, Dr. Shelton published her first book, The Yoga Doctor. The book dives into the human body’s mysteries and encourages people to develop a pain-free yoga practice as part of a healthy life.

Mission

At NursingHomesAbuse.org, our mission is to help the countless nursing home residents who have suffered abuse and neglect by those entrusted with their care. We provide education and resources for seniors and their loved ones as part of a larger effort to stop the cycle of neglect and abuse that has reached epidemic levels in nursing homes and other care facilities across the country.

The primary purpose of the site is to help people take legal action if a loved one has been injured. NursingHomesAbuse.org has the backing of an experienced legal team offering free case reviews. Our website content on the whole has been designed to educate readers by supplying them with the information required to recognize and understand nursing home abuse. With this knowledge, our readers should be well-equipped to make important decisions surrounding nursing home abuse litigation.

Our team embraces ethical journalism practices and works diligently to present our readers with clear, unbiased information. Every piece of content on this website has been objectively verified, with credible and traceable sources linked to within the content.

Objective

NursingHomesAbuse.org’s objective is to translate the complexities involved with nursing home abuse for our readers, and to connect them to legal assistance if needed.

Your loved ones deserve the highest levels of care and attention. When something is wrong with their living environment, it’s important to recognize the signs as early as possible. Victims of abuse face a long road to recovery, and elder abuse is a despicable act requiring quick actions to minimize the impact it may have on your loved ones’ mental and physical health. 

Whether or not our readers decide to pursue a lawsuit, we want our content to lay the groundwork for their healing process.

NursingHomesAbuse.org’s Audience

NursingHomesAbuse.org’s audience includes, but is not limited to…

  • People who suspect their loved one is experiencing abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility
  • People who are evaluating assisted living facility and nursing home options
  • People seeking a free case review for a potential nursing home abuse claim
  • People who want to know more about the process regarding nursing home abuse civil lawsuits 
  • People who have experienced nursing home abuse and are interested in learning their rights
  • People who are questioning either their own or their loved ones’ past experiences and would like guidance from a non-judgemental source
  • People who want detailed and objective information about the legal landscape
  • People who are considering appointing an attorney for their nursing home abuse case
  • People who are currently practicing attorneys exploring nursing home abuse cases
  • People who are engaged in an ongoing nursing home abuse case and have questions
  • Members of the media, researchers and experts

Topical Coverage

NursingHomesAbuse.org is designed to cater to two groups: seniors who may be experiencing abuse and families who are evaluating a nursing home’s treatment of their relatives.

NursingHomesAbuse.org seeks to inform our readers of the dangers of nursing home abuse. Subsequently, the core content on our site is centered on types and signs of abuse in the form of informational pieces of content. These topics include types of nursing home abuse, signs to help recognize abuse, helpful articles on the process of reporting abuse, and connections to our experienced legal team for a free case review. 

The team behind NursingHomesAbuse.org consists of results-driven individuals focused on protecting seniors. The various types of nursing home abuse and shared victim experiences add color to the topics on this website. The medical content reviewer for the website, Patricia Shelton, MD, ensures content is kept up-to-date to reflect the most relevant information.

Throughout NursingHomesAbuse.org’s website you will find consistently updated knowledge shared regarding nursing home abuse law, successful nursing home abuse lawsuits, state and local news, and so much more.

Editorial Control

As the in-house medical expert, Dr. Shelton employs editorial control for content published on the NursingHomesAbuse.org website. Patricia has taken steps to protect the site so it may operate independently of external influences; for example, the website does not accept money for advertising. Dr. Shelton routinely encourages suggestions and feedback from the team behind NursingHomesAbuse.org, who may at times recommend topics and changes for the website. Our experienced legal team also offers advice for content that is influenced by the evolving legal landscape as it relates to nursing home abuse. 

NursingHomesAbuse.org does not consider external ideas for content. The website may pursue knowledge from external sources, but the website publishes only original content. We operate at the highest levels of integrity and quality standards.

Reader Engagement

The team at NursingHomesAbuse.org invites you to contact us with feedback and questions. Any information provided by Dr. Shelton or NursingHomesAbuse.org is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Our legal team seeks justice against nursing home abuse perpetrators and the organizations that employed them. Reach out if you are in need of support.

Editorial Integrity

The team at NursingHomesAbuse.org recognize these principles as essential to responsible journalism in the delicate area of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Empathy

The team behind NursingHomesAbuse.org wants to give victims of abuse a voice. Nursing home abuse is consistently underreported, in part due to the lack of public education surrounding this topic. Medical expert Dr. Shelton and the NursingHomesAbuse.org team are passionate about making nursing home abuse a part of the public narrative. We approach every situation described across the site with high levels of empathy and appreciate the fact a civil case is only one step along the road to healing. Our content creation process is designed to keep victim experiences in mind as the heart of every article, as we strive to create a space that is helpful and feels safe for our clients.

Accuracy

NursingHomesAbuse.org seeks to report the truth as fully as possible. Due to the sensitive nature of the content on our site, we owe it to our readers that everything should be meticulously researched and backed by industry experts. The content written for this website undergoes a rigorous verification process. Our goal is to produce content that we are confident in guaranteeing to be supportive, accessible, and constructive to educating victims and their families on the procedures of nursing home abuse litigation.

Relevancy

In every situation, context matters. Our website content is positioned to bolster knowledge on an intimidating topic, and to ultimately assist people in making decisions about nursing home abuse litigation. Dr. Shelton ensures the content across the website is contextually sound by neutrally arranging facts. She also evaluates all content for relevance to nursing home abuse types, topics, and related civil litigation.

NursingHomesAbuse.org Content Types

NursingHomesAbuse.org provides a focused collection of content for our readers.

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Evergreen Pages

These core pages cover the definition of nursing home abuse, the most common types of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, elder abuse, signs of injury in a loved one, process for reporting, and opportunities for free case review by our legal team. These pages are the most informative across our website’s content and they are the foundation for the organization’s reason to exist.

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Abuse Support

It’s critical to understand the symptoms of abuse, its long-term effects, and how to help the victim overcome trauma. Review these pages for guidance on having those tough but necessary conversations with your loved one. Learn the important symptoms of nursing home issues early on to best support seniors.

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Bedsores

Bedsores are some of the most common external signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Accordingly, there is a section on our website highlighting the definition, causes, and stages of bedsores.

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Resources for Families

Learn everything about nursing home abuse injuries to protect yourself and your loved ones. Understand both the short- and long-term effects and how to create a comprehensive long-term plan for your loved one to heal. Review health resources specially geared to helping seniors and their concerned families.

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Nursing Home Abuse General Updates

The medical landscape is one that is constantly evolving. As new information arises about nursing home abuse, timely and relevant articles are produced with the goal of keeping families and seniors abreast of changing information. Lead medical expert and content reviewer Dr. Shelton reviews reports covering medical changes and nursing home abuse developments at the federal, state and local levels.

Linking Policy

NursingHomesAbuse.org welcomes external organizations, individuals, and nonprofits to link to the NursingHomesAbuse.org website if they share our vision of protecting and educating victims and their families. NursingHomesAbuse.org does not allow other websites to directly paste pieces of content, but rather we request the information and articles be shared in full and hyper-linked to the original source content, in order to fully represent the accurate and valuable information contained therein.

Corrections

NursingHomesAbuse.org tries to correct all errors in a timely manner. If you see a grammatical error or a questionable statement anywhere on the site, please contact us to report the inaccuracy.

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