How to Put a Stop to Nursing Home Neglect
You made a decision to put your loved one in the care of a nursing home, and you trusted them to take care of your loved one as though they were family. When a nursing home organization has betrayed that trust, you must demand justice. You must demand change.
You must fight for the other elders—someone else’s loved ones—to prevent them from also being mistreated or neglected. It’s time to put an end to nursing home abuse, once and for all.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
There are many ways an elderly adult can be harmed, in addition to neglect, while in another person’s care. They can be physically harmed, such as being roughly handled, pinched, or hit when a caregiver is having a bad day, for example.
They can also be harmed in other ways, such as emotional or psychological abuse. This kind of abuse is much harder to see, easier to discredit, and in some cases, far more harmful. This type of abuse involves belittling, tormenting, mocking, teasing, and more.
Below is a list of common types of nursing home abuse.
- Physical Abuse – Pinching, hitting, punching, slapping, poking, etc.
- Emotional or Psychological Abuse – Teasing, tormenting, blackmailing, making fun of, withholding family visits
- Sexual Abuse – Any sexual contact of any kind without the elder’s consent, or when the elder is incapable of granting consent
- Neglect or Malnourishment – Failing to provide adequate care and nutrition
- Financial Exploitation – Taking advantage of an elder’s financial assets
Spotting Signs of Elder Abuse in Caregiving Facilities
It’s much easier to protect your loved one from abuse if you are proactive in spotting the signs that indicate something isn’t quite right. You must move swiftly to protect your family member if you think something is amiss and that your loved one might be getting abused or neglected.
Here are some signs to watch out for:
- Physical Signs – Bruising, torn clothing, broken bones, weight loss, disheveled appearance, malnourishment
- Behavioral Signs – Withdrawal, depression, anxiety, fearful behavior
- Financial Signs – Unusual changes in the financial accounts of an elderly individual
Filing a Claim Equals Fighting Back
How can you stop elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes? You must file a claim against the party that was responsible for the abuse. It could be a staff member, a fellow resident, a visitor, or the nursing home organization itself. Filing a claim can hold the responsible abuser accountable, and it forces legislative changes to be considered.
Partner with a Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Today
No one should ever have to suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of a caregiver or caregiving facility, and if your loved one has sustained injuries, then you should fight for them. Fighting for your loved one will help prevent this type of harm from befalling other vulnerable adults that don’t deserve this sort of treatment.
Call The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo to discuss your nursing home neglect case today. You can receive compensation for the financial or emotional losses that you and your family member have been forced to endure. Dial 561-659-6366 or reach our firm by using the contact form on this webpage. Claim your free case evaluation today.