1 in 6 nursing home residents could be a victim of neglect and abuse, but only one in three elderly victims will report the mistreatment. This makes it imperative for friends and family members to spot any signs of abuse as quickly as possible.
What is the number one reason we trust nursing home facilities with our loved ones?
To provide quality care with patience and humanity for families unable to care for their elderly loved ones on their own.
Sadly, this isn’t always the case, and it’s essential we stay educated on what nursing home abuse looks like and know when to reach out for help.
Elderly patients are more vulnerable given their additional health complications and often feel like a bother to their families.
As a loving family member, show them they are no burden by being an advocate for their safety and their rights as nursing home residents.
It’s challenging to identify elderly abuse. Knowing the signs will give you a greater chance of recognizing and stopping any neglect or abuse.
Recognizing abuse happening to your loved one is the first step towards action. The action to make it stop.
Physical harm is normally more clear than emotional abuse and more common than we would like to think. When placing a loved one in a nursing home it’s never a thought anyone would harm them physically, emotionally, sexually, or financially.
It’s also not a thought our loved one might not tell us about any abuse that’s going on.
Unfortunately, it takes place every day and if you detect any signs or have any uncertainty; you have the right to take action and protect them. Here are some signs of physical abuse to watch out for:
No type of abuse is acceptable in a nursing home where you’ve placed your loved one for proper care. If the staff cannot explain any of the signs above, it may be time to take action.
Think of elderly psychological abuse like any other mental abuse, it’s harder to catch.
You might notice something is not quite right, but since it’s not concrete like a bruise or improper hygiene, you may find yourself quick to write it off.
Your loved one may be quick to explain it away out of shame or embarrassment.
Emotional abuse can be both verbal and non-verbal. Example: Nursing home staff may humiliate or intimidate a resident, often ignoring their needs. It’s a difficult truth to endure when you were simply trying to do the best for your loved one and have them taken care of. Below are signs of emotional elderly abuse that should be taken seriously.
Ask your loved one questions and ask the nursing home staff questions too. If you aren’t getting straightforward answers, then it’s time and it’s necessary to look out for your loved one and stand up for their rights.
Sexual abuse makes up an estimate 8% of abuse cases in the elderly, including those living in nursing homes. Some of the most common signs of sexual abuse are:
You can find out more by reading our guide on sexual abuse in nursing homes.
Sadly, one of the most common types of abuse in nursing homes is caused by other residents at the home.
This can be physical, emotional or sexual in nature and is sometimes caused by residents having diminished mental capacity due to conditions like Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
The signs of reside to resident assault are similar to those above, but you should also look out for:
You can find out more by reading our guide on nursing home resident on resident assaults.
According to the NHRA, nursing home residents have certain basic rights, including the rights to:
In Arizona, health care providers and other caregivers are legally required to report any abuse or neglect. Those required are:
Your loved one may not always have the ability to protect themselves and exercise their rights. However, you can.
Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and you both deserve to be compensated for the damages caused by emotional and physical abuse in what was supposed to be a safe place.
Abuse doesn’t need to be proven to contact a lawyer or make a report.
That’s where we come in and gather the information needed to help your loved one and help you make sure they are safe and cared for.
If your loved one has suffered, it means you have suffered too. The realization your loved one has been suffering at the hands of trusted healthcare providers can cause guilt, even though it was never the intention.
Thompson Law Firm has helped countless victims collect the damages they are rightfully entitled to with empathy and compassion.
You can hold the nursing home liable for neglect when neglect is present and we can help you.
It can be. Being able to welcome visitors is a basic right of all nursing home residents, so if you’re being refused access to see your loved one you should be given a clear and detailed explanation why.
If you’re not satisfied with their explanation speak to a member of the Thompson Law legal team.
Yes, nursing homes in Arizona and across the US have a legal obligation to protect the safety of their residents.
If a resident has suffered abuse, or neglect that should have been prevented the nursing home is responsible for this.
If you suspect your loved one might have suffered abuse speaking to an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can help in several ways.
They can offer support and guidance based on your individual circumstances, ranging from how best to raise the issue with the nursing home through to taking legal action and involving the authorities directly in more serious cases.
If you’re unsure what steps to take, speak to a member of the Thompson Law legal team today for a free consultation.
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