It is a sad state of affairs, but abuse and neglect of our elderly family members happens on an all too regular basis nationwide. The neglect can be physical, but it can also be emotional, psychological, or simply incompetence. Don't stand for a nursing home, elder care facility, or in-home nursing personel providing substandard care for your loved ones. If you feel your family member is being neglected or abused, share the details with our experienced nursing home negligence attorneys who will:
- Ensure your claims are taken seriously
- Guarantee you will be treated with dignity & respect you deserve
- End negligent behavior and ensure your loved ones receive proper care
The initial step is to understand and recognize what exactly constitutes neglect and abuse of our elderly. Certainly neglect sounds less severe than abuse, but is more common.
Neglect is quite simply when a caregiver fails to provide the level of care that can be reasonably expected from a person in their position. There is an assumed standard of attention and services that is expected across the spectrum for nursing home providers. The standard is a reasonable assumption of duties. In some circumstances, it may not be the care providers responsible for the abusive behavior, rather other elderly residents making your family member suffer, but your adult care providers have a responsibility to act. In many cases, a nursing home may simply be poorly run, with facilities understaffed and overworked, resulting in substandard services. Your loved one may 'fall through the cracks' in such a facility, don't stand for it, it's unacceptable.
In other cases the motives may be more sinister.
There are many symptoms that can signal an elderly person is the victim of nursing home neglect.
Malnutrition and dehydration, bedsores, unexplained weight loss, excessive number of falls, frequent medication errors, and even poor personal hygiene can signal a problem exists. Check for loneliness, depression, zest for life and other emotional factors, sudden changes may indicate a deterioration of the quality of long-term care.
Other noticeable symptoms include unexplained wounds and bruises, over sedation, broken bones, rocking, sucking and biting behavior. Deserving of our respect, attention and care, these all may signal the need for further investigation.
Nursing home abuse can take many different forms, from physical to psychological. Sexual and financial abuses also happen in elder care facilities. Some serious examples of abuse include:
- Isolation from other residents, friends and family members
- Psychological abuses such as verbally threatening the elderly person, silent treatments, and babying
- Pushing, shoving and hitting the resident
- Sexual assault or rape
- Excessive or improper use of restraints
- Coercing or otherwise tricking a resident into signing a contract, will, or other legal document (financial elder abuse)
While there are no national databases that track abuse of the elderly, the National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that each year between 1 and 2 million people over the age of 65 have been neglected, abused, or exploited in some way by the person(s) they depend on for care. In addition, they estimate that anywhere from 2-10 percent of elders are abused at some point.
This is unacceptable, the people we care about most, at their time of need, being subject to such injustice.
It is reasonable to assume that as more and more people enter elder care homes, the incidence rate will increase.
Current statistics say that 20 percent of the American population will be senior citizens by 2030, and many of them will be living in long term care facilities or care homes. We have an obligation, a duty to see that such behavior, when encountered is stopped.
This large rise in elderly populations will put extreme stress on the systems and caregivers, and is likely to lead to an increase in the number of workers who are not properly trained. These factors are expected to reduce the quality of care and lead to a 'perfect storm' of neglect and mistreatment for our aging populace.Review My Case Now
Evaluating a care home for potential risk factors is the first step in determining if it is likely our seniors will be abused. There ARE a number of great caregiving homes, providing excellent services and providing laudable care for the needs of elderly all across the nation.
If you suspect nursing home employees of addiction problems or alcoholism, psychological problems, and financial issues your family member may be more likely to suffer.
Understaffing and undertraining, lack of communication, overcrowding, and incompetent or inattentive employees or management can also provide early warning. Challenging residents can also put themselves at risk of abuse when they become overly aggressive, manipulative, or verbally abusive, behavior that may not be their fault (Dementia).
Additionally, it is very important to assess the health and behavior of other residents who will share the facility with your loved one. Mental problems, dementia most notably, in other residents can lead to dangerous behavior, which unchecked by staff members can lead to your loved one being hurt or worse.Review My Case Now
Some of the common injuries that have resulted in successful lawsuit claims against nursing homes include:
- Assault and abuse
- Wrongful death
- Negligent care and neglect
- Falls and fractures
- Injury and strangulation from restraints
- Pressure ulcers and bed sores
- Wandering off and leaving the facility grounds
- Malnutrition and dehydration
Additionally, medical malpractice claims may be an option in cases of:
- Prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnoses
- Medical errors and mistakes
Roughly 54 percent of nursing homes nationwide have insufficient nurse's aide staff. As these are the caregivers who bathe and feed residents you can imagine the problems when staffing is inadequate and they are presented with impossible demands. Additionally, many assisted living providers lack the proper number of registered nurses.Review My Case Now
Don't stand for substandard care for the elderly in your family. If you suspect your care facility to be neglecting the needs of your family member, or you feel their treatment is at a level that is unacceptable, share the details of your situation with our experienced nursing home negligence attorneys today. Get your legal options and help to ensure your family is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
The initial legal case review is free, simply share the details of your case to find out if you have a case. Pursuing your legal rights will ensure the company responsible for the care of your family takes your concerns seriously. Let us fight on your behalf to hold those responsible accountable for the suffering endured.
Isn't it time you have a legal champion in your corner, fighting on your behalf to ensure that your needs and concerns are not ignored? Get your free legal review today, and get your legal options now.