As many as five million elders are abused each year in a nursing home or care facility. Although horrifying, many nursing home residents suffer illness or unnecessary pain from a facilities’ failure to keep up with their medical, emotional, and personal needs.
Nursing home abuse is not always obvious. Keep a close eye for the following signs of nursing home abuse to protect your loved one from unnecessary suffering.
WHAT IS NURSING HOME ABUSE?
Nursing home abuse is when a caregiver intentionally harms a patient. Common types of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Denying the patient basic needs such as food, water, and medical treatment
- Withholding or exploiting the elder’s finances
- Physical abuse
- Threats, intimidation or social isolation
Physical abuse is the most common form of nursing home abuse. However, elders are more likely to report financial abuse than any other form.
COMMON SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE
Nursing home abuse may be recurring and could include one or more types of abuse, making it difficult to observe. Common signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Resident dehydration
- Unmet medical needs
- Lack of assistance as residents get up, move around or use the restroom
- Assistance is not given when getting up, moving around, or using the bathroom
- Inadequate time for socialization
- Unexplained bruises, cuts or welts
- Bed sores
- Broken or fractured bones
- Malnutrition or unexplained weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Withdrawal from social interactions or refusal to speak
- Emotional outbursts
- Dirty clothing or bed sheets
- Nurses or caregivers refusing to allow the patient to be alone with loved ones
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT NURSING HOME ABUSE?
If you observe any common signs of nursing home abuse, act immediately. Do not hesitate to remove your loved one from the facility.
You may be able to take legal action against the nursing home or hospice facility. A nursing home abuse lawyer can handle the legal deadlines and paperwork needed to ensure they get the compensation they deserve.
You can also file a complaint with the Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance by calling 800-642-6552 or visiting their website.
CONTACT A NURSING HOME ATTORNEY
Let an experienced nursing home attorney investigate the causes of the abuse or neglect while you focus on your family. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are here to help you with your lawsuit. To discuss the details of your situation, contact us today.