Elder abuse is a real problem– even making it into headlines. The nursing home industry has become a multi-billion dollar business comprised of major corporations. In some facilities profitability has become more important than administering proper care. Reports state that 30% of nursing home facilities are cited for instances of abuse. For this reason, both federal and state governments have introduced legislation to protect residents of nursing homes. If you have a loved one that has been injured you may need the help of a nursing home abuse attorney.
Nursing home neglect or abuse can have tragic results such as nursing home deaths, falls resulting in broken bones, malnutrition, dehydration, decubitus ulcers and residents wandering off the nursing home premises and stepping into harm’s way. It is important to thoroughly understand the warning signs of potential nursing home negligence. Understanding the warning signs of abuse is the first step of stopping it.
Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs
If you see any of the following signs of elder abuse in nursing homes, they should be immediately investigated:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing.
- Bedsores or frozen joints.
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
- Sudden changes in behavior.
- Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident.
- Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor.
- Resident being kept in an over-medicated state.
- Loss of resident’s possessions.
- Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices.
- Abrupt changes in will or other financial documents.
In addition to those 10 warning signs, elder abuse in nursing homes can occur in many different ways. Be aware of these specific complaints:
- Unjustified isolation
- Unsanitary environment
- Malnutrition, dehydration
- Smells of urine and/or feces
- Unkempt appearance
- Rude, humiliating, derogatory comments by staff
- Poor personal hygiene
- Untreated medical condition
- Sudden, unjustified selling of property
- Missing/stolen money or property
- Radical changes in handling personal/financial affairs
- Specific complaints by residents
Do you have a loved one that has been injured due to nursing home neglect? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your nursing home abuse case is worth? Want justice for your loved ones? Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else?