Nursing home abuse is one of the most underreported widespread epidemics in the United States. There are many forms of nursing home abuse/neglect, all of which can have a devastating impact on the victim and his or her family. If you believe that your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in his or her nursing home or adult care facility, do not delay—contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney right away.
We know how to identify the signs of abuse and how to pursue compensation for your loved one’s injuries. If your loved one died as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, we can help you fight for justice and recovery. It is crucial that you act quickly, as evidence can disappear over time. Remember, there are no fees or costs unless we win your case and we are available 24/7 to assist you.
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Types of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
As previously mentioned, nursing home abuse and neglect can take many different forms. The abuse may be physical, emotional, or financial in nature. Neglect can include everything from malnutrition to overmedication.
Common examples of nursing home abuse/neglect include:
- Bed sores
- Medical errors
- Pressure sores
- Wrongful death
- Physical abuse
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
In many cases, elderly or disabled individuals are unable or unwilling to speak up about abuse or neglect. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you are able to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse/neglect so that you can take swift action at the first indication of a problem.
Some of the most common signs that nursing home abuse or neglect is occurring include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
- Bed sore development
- Substitution of heavy medication for supervision
- Inability of caregiver to sufficiently explain patient’s condition
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Unexplained changes in a will, trust, or estate plan
- Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts
- Elopement and “wandering”
It is important that you keep an eye out for these and other signs of abuse or neglect. If something just seems “off,” speak to your loved one or a staff member at the facility and try to get more information. If you even have the slightest suspicion that nursing home abuse or neglect is occurring, speak to an attorney about your legal options. It is always better to be safe than sorry and, at Monge & Associates, we offer free initial consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm.
Choosing the Right Nursing Home
Few things are more difficult than making the decision to place your loved one in assisted care. Though the choice can be hard, it is often the right one, both for you and your loved one. However, it is important that you do your research and select a reputable facility to limit the likelihood that you loved one will be mistreated.
When choosing a nursing home, always do the following:
- Tour the facility in person. Take note of the general cleanliness of the rooms and grounds, as well as the overall atmosphere. Do the residents and staff seem happy?
- Note the number of staff members and/or nurses and doctors on site (if any). Is there sufficient staff for the number of residents? Does the staff seem overworked?
- Examine the sanitary levels of the facility, as well as the food quality and availability of activities for residents. Bad smells could also indicate a lack of cleanliness.
- Consider the response of staff members to the residents. Does the staff address residents by name? Do they speak to them in kind, compassionate tones?
- Look up the facility’s rating and any reviews it may have. Compare several nursing homes, rather than simply choosing one based on a single factor.
Despite your best intentions, even the best nursing homes are not immune to abuse and neglect. If you believe your loved one is suffering, contact our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers immediately to find out how we can help.
We can be reached online or by phone at (800) 860-8021. Contact us right away to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.