NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEYS
Sweet James has a strong reputation for defending the rights of senior citizens and protecting them from neglect and abuse. Too many facilities and caretakers either allow or turn a blind eye to the mistreatment of our elderly family members. We can help end this abuse and recover the compensation needed to move your loved one to a safe and comfortable facility. If you suspect that a family member or friend is a victim of nursing home abuse, call our nursing home abuse attorneys today.
HOW TO IDENTIFY NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Nursing homes can perpetrate elder abuse or neglect in many ways. Abuse is defined as intentionally inflicting emotional or physical harm. Neglect involves the failure of caregivers to provide adequate care. When nursing homes fail to provide adequate staffing, surveillance, and training, residents can suffer from bedsores, falls, malnutrition, and dehydration. See the following examples of physical abuse and neglect:
Failing to provide proper dental care
Failing to offer and/or help residents exercise
Failing to regularly change residents’ linens
Ignoring residents with limited mobility and/or failing to offer activities
Failing to practice proper wound care
Failing to assist residents with proper hygiene
Failing to assist residents to use the restroom
Failing to hydrate residents adequately
Turning off a call light and taking no action upon the resident’s request
HOW COMMON IS NURSING HOME ABUSE?
More than 40 percent of people over the age of 65 live in nursing homes. Although it may be hard to believe, research shows that 1 in 10 of these homes has violated federal standards and harmed residents. The actual number of abuse and neglect incidents is even higher—for every case reported to authorities, approximately five more are left unreported.
IS MY LOVED ONE AT RISK?
According to the US Department of Justice, the trauma of nursing home abuse can result in premature death, the deterioration of physical and psychological health, the destruction of social and familial ties, devastating financial loss, and more. Senior citizens can be mistreated in multiple settings (homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities) by family members, friends and neighbors, professionals, and even strangers. The following factors increase the risk for elder abuse and neglect:
Greater limitations in physical functioning
Presence of cognitive impairment
Behavioral symptoms including physical aggressiveness
By learning the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, you’ll be able to identify subtle signs and intervene early.
Staff prevents visitors from seeing a resident.
Staff refuses to leave visitors alone with a resident.
Tension exists between caregivers and a resident.
Staff makes rude or humiliating comments to a resident.
Physical Signs of Abuse
Broken hearing aids
Injuries to mouth, genitals, or anus
Uncharacteristic withdrawal or anxiety
Sudden changes in personality
Depression, sadness, or frequent crying
Signs of Neglect
Bedsores, pressure sores, and ulcers
Malnutrition and extreme hunger
Extreme weight loss
Occurrence of falls
Uncharacteristic withdrawal or anxiety
If you have noticed any of the warning signs above, please contact us immediately.
WHY DO NURSING HOMES HARM THEIR RESIDENTS?
Often, nursing homes fail to adequately perform background checks on employees that perpetuate abuse. One reason for this is understaffing. As nursing homes need more staff to sufficiently perform background checks, for-profit homes sacrifice patient safety to increase their profits. For this reason, for-profit nursing homes have an average of 47 percent more deficiencies than non-profit nursing homes.
Nursing homes that violate health and safety standards need to take responsibility for their actions that harm America’s most frail individuals. Holding negligent nursing homes accountable will improve their safety policies for future residents.