Nearly 80% of nursing home abuse cases go unreported every year.
Leaving your loved one to be cared for by someone you don’t even know, in a place that you may not be too familiar with is a hard task. You would hope that they would be exceptionally cared for, but unfortunately that’s not always how it goes.
As the amount of residents increase in nursing homes, and the quality of care decreases many elders are at a higher risk of being abused. Studies indicate that 7-10% of elders have experienced some form of abuse in the past year.
What can you do to keep your loved one safe?
Research multiple nursing homes prior to admitted your loved one.
Check in on them often and pay close attention to their behavior and physical state.
Look for the warning signs of abuse listed below.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in their home contact me today and I will do everything I can to get the justice your loved one deserves.
Standards to adequately provide the attention and care the elder needs in order to stay healthy and safe are not reached.
Warning signs of neglect:
- Poor hygiene
- Unusual weight loss
- Bed sores
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Unsafe living conditions
- Desertion in public places
Using an unnecessary amount of force upon the elder.
Warning signs of physical abuse:
- Broken bones
- Broken eyeglasses
- Reported overdose/Failing to take medication regularly
- Refusal to see elder alone
Caretakers taking advantage of the elder’s finances.
Signs of exploitation:
- Unpaid bills, even though the elder has enough money to pay
- Significant change in financial situation
- Purchases made that couldn’t be made by the elder
- Unexpected changes made in wills
Any action that knowingly results in emotional distress of the elder.
Warning signs of emotional abuse:
- Controlling caregiver
- Elder begins to exhibit actions mimicking dementia (rocking, mumbling)
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