Do you have a loved one in an assisted living facility, and you are unsure if there are signs of nursing home abuse? Despite the rules in place to monitor nursing homes, many of the facilities still fail to meet the standards. If you have noticed odd symptoms with your loved one, contact one of our personal injury lawyers right away.
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As our elderly loved ones become more physically frail, they are less able to stand up to bullying or fight back if they are attacked. They may not be able to see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to. This leaves them open to people taking advantage of them, both mentally and physically. If you have a loved one living in an assisted living facility, you should be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse to Look For
Some of the signs are quite obvious, while others are not. Your loved one may exhibit any of the following symptoms or behaviors if they are experiencing nursing home abuse:
- Open wounds
- Bed sores
- Sudden change in weight
- Poor hygiene
- Smell of urine or feces
- Unexplained infections
- Inexplicable illnesses
- Missing hair
- Dirty or stained bedding or clothing
Sometimes the elderly are taken advantage of in financial ways as well. If you notice your loved ones’ personal effects missing, or odd financial transactions, contact a lawyer right away who can assist you.
Nursing home abuse can take place in the form of neglect, where they simply aren’t given the level of care that they need. In a lot of cases, the nursing homes fail to ensure they have adequately trained staff, or just have too many residents for their employees. Because of this, neglect occurs. This could mean lack of medical care, lack of emotional interaction or support, or physical needs not being met.
Symptoms of nursing home neglect may consist of:
- Seeming listless, or “out of it”
- Strange behavior
- Emotional withdrawal
- Being unwilling to talk
If any of these signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are present, don't be afraid to directly ask your loved one if something is happening. More often than not, they are afraid to share their experiences, or worry that by telling someone about it, they may be abused more.
Despite the number of great nursing homes, abuse and neglect can still happen. If you are afraid your loved one has experienced any physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse while a resident in a nursing home, contact us so that we can help you reach justice for your loved one.
If you are stressed by the demands of caring for an elder by yourself, you can do the following:
-- Request help, from any friends, relatives, so you can take a break, even if it is only for a couple of hours.
-- Stay healthy and get medical attention for yourself when needed.
-- Use common stress reduction practices, such as a stress ball, or taking a walk.
-- Find a support group for caregivers of the elderly.
If you have an elderly loved one who is exhibiting the signs of nursing home abuse, please don't hesitate to contact our personal injury lawyers. We want to help you.
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