We often entrust the care of our loved ones to nursing home staff, believing
that they will give them the attention and medical assistance they require.
Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is betrayed and a caregiver may turn
into an abuser. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, over 3.2 million
adults in the United States live in nursing homes or other long term care
facilities, and approximately 1 in 6 of these residents are subject to
abuse every year.
When we think of abuse, we tend to think of physical harm. However, abuse
can take many forms, including sexual, financial exploitation, and neglect.
Physical abuse may leave some of the most apparent signs, such as cuts
and bruises, or broken and fractured bones. The physical abuse one endures
may also result in emotional signs, such as changes in behavior or mental
status. If a caregiver does not want a patient to be left alone with others,
this may also be a sign of abuse.
Neglect may not be something that is done intentionally, but rather due
to not enough employees on staff. In such cases, a patient might not receive
proper attention, leading to poor hygiene, malnutrition or dehydration,
bed sores, and skin infections. Being understaffed is not an excuse to
allow someone to suffer under these conditions.
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or mistreated, it is important
to report it. Nursing home patients are some of the most vulnerable individuals,
especially those who may be suffering from disabilities. At Norman Taylor
& Associates, we have a team of knowledgeable and aggressive elder
abuse attorneys ready to handle your case and pursue justice.
Learn more about what we can do for you during this difficult time and
call us for a free initial consultation at 888-449-7639.