Placing a loved one in a nursing home is already tough decision, but if you discover that they have been the victim of abuse or neglect, it can turn things into an even more emotionally charged situation.
Stories abound about elderly nursing home patients being abused, robbed, neglected or otherwise mistreated, despite family members doing extensive research and investing thousands of dollars to ensure something like that does not happen. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 2 million seniors are victims of nursing home abuse each year.
Abuse can take many forms. Some of them include:
- Bruises, cuts and other unexplained injuries
- Clothing that has blood on it or that is torn
- Bed sores or ulcerating skins lesions
- Complaints from the patient of humiliation or intimidation by yelling or by threats
- Mocking a patient
- Ignoring or isolating a patient
- Improperly administering medications
- Unsanitary living conditions including a lack of bathing or dirty clothes
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Financial abuse, including stealing money from a patient’s account, identity theft, or forged signatures
When you suspect that an elderly relative has been mistreated, you should contact local authorities and report the situation, followed by a call to an experienced nursing home negligence lawyer.
Pursuing a claim against a nursing home operator can provide compensation for abuse, as well as serving notice to the operator that they and their employee’s actions are being monitored.
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