Nursing Home Abuse
As our loved ones reach a certain age, there comes a time when they might need to move to an assisted living facility. Many of these facilities are wonderful and can help residents live happy and healthy lives and provide peace of mind for their families. However, some of these facilities prove to be harmful places, in which the elderly are subject to tragedies such as theft, molestation, or abuse. Nursing home abuse is a tragedy that no family should have to face, yet these occurrences happen every day to some of the most vulnerable victims. These occurrences cannot go ignored and families should be vigilant and wary when entrusting a caretaker with their loved one.
According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, some warning signs family members should be on the lookout for include:
- Staff members who are unwilling to answer questions or let you tour certain areas
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries on your loved one
- Deterioration in your loved one’s health not explained by pre-existing conditions
- Signs of trauma in your loved one (regressive behavior, sudden aggression, social withdrawal)
- Unnecessary restraints or overmedication
These signs should always be investigated, as they could serve as red flags that alert family to a greater tragedy that is occurring in a place they considered to be intrinsically safe.
The website of the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® notes that “although nursing home abuse can take many different forms, the challenges that elderly residents may face as a result of any type of abuse can be devastating.” This behavior can be extremely harmful and traumatic for the victim and the victim’s family. It cannot be tolerated and anyone who learns of this should seek legal representation and prevent anyone else from suffering any further.