Our elderly loved ones often require the care of professionals who are better equipped to care for their needs, especially if they suffer from serious medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. To ensure they receive the care they need, we often entrust their wellbeing to nursing home facilities and expect our elderly loved ones to be treated with the respect and care they deserve. While many senior adults certainly receive the care they need and are able to live out their golden years in comfort and happiness, others are subject to terrible abuse and neglect. To ensure you are able to put a stop to this as soon as possible, you must be aware of the red flags.
Recognizing the Signs
If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility, it is crucial to visit them as regularly as possible to ensure they are being properly cared for. Keep in mind that not all abuse is done with the intention or desire to cause harm. Many nursing homes are shamefully understaffed, leaving many residents to fend for themselves. However, just because these actions are not intentional does not make them any less harmful or deserving of legal justice.
Below are some of the most common red flags of nursing home abuse and neglect you need to be on the look-out for:
- Physical abuse: If your elderly loved one is being physically abused, you might notice unexplained cuts, sprains, or broken bones. He or she might also have scars and welts, signs of restraint on the wrists and ankles, or broken eyeglasses. His or her caregiver might also refuse to leave you alone with your loved one for fear of being outed.
- Neglect: If your loved one is not being properly cared for, you will observe numerous red flags that all indicate a lack of care. Some of the most common red flags include bedsores, poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, and unexplained weight loss.
- Emotional abuse: The harm an elderly loved one suffers at the hands of a caregiver is not always physical. Signs of emotional abuse include unusual behavior, such as thumb-sucking, mumbling, or symptoms that resemble dementia.
- Sexual abuse: If your elderly loved one is being sexually abused, he or she might suffer from unexplained STDs, bruising near the genitals, bloody or torn underwear, and anal or vaginal bleeding that is unrelated to a medical condition.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney as Soon as Possible
If your elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, contact the experienced team at the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin for the experienced and compassionate legal guidance you need during this difficult time. Our nursing home abuse attorneys will fight on behalf of your elderly loved one to ensure the responsible parties are held liable for the pain and suffering they caused.