In the United States, every nursing home resident has the right to live free of abuse, abandonment, cruelty, and neglect. While that might sound obvious, elder abuse is a surprisingly prevalent problem in America’s senior care facilities.
The adult children of elderly parents are often shocked and horrified to learn that their loved ones have been mistreated in the hands of health professionals. Often, the nursing home residents themselves do not fully realize that they are being victimized — or they may be too scared or confused to speak up about it.
That’s why it is so important that anyone with a family member in senior care become familiar with the signs of nursing home abuse.
These facilities have a responsibility to ensure the safety, health, comfort, and security of the seniors they house. A Seattle nursing home abuse attorney can help you protect your loved ones and recover compensation for their damages.
How to Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse may take many forms:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Verbal threats
- Sexual assault
- Improper hygiene
- Deprivation of water, food, or comfort
- Improper medication dosages
- Much more
Obvious signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Unusual hair loss
- Drastic weight loss or weight gain
- Burns, abrasions, or lacerations
- Blood or other strange stains on clothing or in linens
- Frequent infections
- Bed sores
- Open wounds
- Broken bones
- Complaints of mistreatment
- Blatantly negligent sanitation or hygiene
- Medication overdoses
- Sudden or unexplained death
The less obvious warning signs are the ones to really study because you may not necessarily associate them with abuse or neglect:
- Disappearance of personal property
- Mysterious financial transactions / missing funds
- Emotional withdrawal
- Depression, listlessness, or dejection
- Broken spirit
- Sudden childlike behavior
- Newfound nervousness or paranoia
- Sudden anger toward the nursing home or its staff
- Desire to be quiet or secretive when in the staff’s presence
- Any decline in health
Get Help from a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing home abuse and neglect are incredibly serious issues and they demand urgent attention. If you suspect that your loved one may be the victim of cruelty or neglect, the experienced and compassionate attorneys at Luvera Law can help.
We know how sensitive and heartbreaking these cases can be. We also understand the strong response they require. When you contact our office, we will help you understand your rights and whether you might have a claim for compensation.
To schedule a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney at Luvera Law Firm, please contact our office as soon as possible.