Nursing Home Abuse
We don’t want to think that abuse of the elderly and nursing home residents occur at the rate that it does, but as disturbing as it is, it occurs all too frequently. Despite our expectations that our loved ones are receiving the utmost care at nursing home and elder care facilities, many times that is not the case. Unfortunately, poor and substandard care results in extreme suffering, sometimes even in silence.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse:
- Bed Sores
- Fractures from Falls
- Dehydration and Malnutrition
- Administration of improper, wrong or over-medication
- Theft of property
- Lack of adequate supervision
- Physical, mental or emotional abuse
- Septic Shock
- Unexplained injury/infection
We recognize that our elderly and our loved ones who are residents of nursing homes require the care of others, but we also recognize that the care provided need not be compromised.
Nursing home and elder abuse can take the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse. The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP understand that we must protect our elderly and those in need of nursing home care. We understand that the nursing homes must be held accountable and that we cannot place blind trust in them when we place our elderly and compromised in their care.
Signs of nursing home abuse are not always recognizable. Victims of nursing homes cannot always tell us that they are being abused. We must participate in their care and make sure that we are familiar with what their care should be. Signs of potential abuse include:
- Injuries from falls
- Unexplained falls
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Quick lessening or mental acuity
- Unexplained cuts and/or bruises
- No desire to engage in any physical activity
- Constant sense of fear or being afraid
- Unexplained or unreasonable restraints
Because some residents have very limited ways to tell you of potential abuse, it is very important that you pay close attention to the environment where your loved one is. Common injuries to look for are:
- Decubitus ulcers (bedsores or pressure sores)
- Fractures or brain injury
- Dehydration and malnutrition
Some less obvious and less visible things to look for are:
- Poor hygiene
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Soiled bedding
- Constant crying
- Fear and frequent signs of agitation
- Complaints about the nursing home staff
If you suspect abuse, you should go to the authorities. You should also seek to protect the legal rights of your loved ones by contacting our office at 800-403-6191. Our lawyers will act swiftly to ensure that your claim is investigated and pursued to the fullest extent possible. We will listen to your story, interview the residents where possible and explain the legal remedies available to you.
If you think that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home or elder abuse, please call us today. Do not hesitate. Call Alonso Krangle LLP at 800-403-6191.