It is often a hard decision whether to put a parent, grandparent or loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. It can be even harder not knowing whether your loved one is being treated properly while you aren’t around to supervise their treatment.
While many elders are treated well in their living facilities, the issue of nursing home abuse is a reality and the abuse can come in many different forms. Elder abuse is scary to think about, but it happens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities more often than we may be aware. Residents can be ill-treated physically, psychologically, sexually, financially, or as a result of neglect. Residents can be exploited by facility employees, volunteers, or other residents. The signs of abuse are often hard to detect and it often goes unreported. Because it’s hard to detect, is that much more important that you investigate any situation where you see signs of mistreatment or if you actually become aware of an abusive situation.
Below are some common, but not a complete list of, possible signs that an elder is being mistreated.
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Scratches, Cuts, Scrapes
- Mood Swings
- Becoming Withdrawn or Ashamed
- Attempting Suicide
- Fearful of being alone with Staff
- Pelvic Injury
- Torn or Blood-Stained Underwear
- Forged Documents
- Inaccurate Credit Reports
- Dirty Clothing
If you suspect that your loved one, or any resident, has been or is being abused at their nursing home or assisted living facility, you may choose to resolve the problem by reporting it to the home director or by moving your loved one to a new facility. After you know that your loved one is safe, you should also contact a lawyer who specializes in Elder Law.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities owe a duty of care to their patients and residents. If that duty of care is not being met, the facility should be held liable. A lawyer who specializes in Elder Law can help you determine whether you have a lawsuit and help you through that process. If you choose to file a lawsuit, not only may you be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages, but you will also help prevent the abuse from happening again to another individual at the facility.
The Bruce Edwards Law Firm has built a reputation in Douglas, Georgia as an honest and dedicated personal injury attorney. We have helped numerous clients in the area get the compensation they need without all the headache of going through the red tape. Call us today at 912-384- 5700 or visit www.edwardsworkerscomplaw.com and let us represent you.