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Be on the Lookout for Signs of Nursing Home Abuse when Visiting Elderly Relatives this Holiday Season

elderly relativeVisiting friends and relatives is one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday season, and that tradition extends to those who are no longer living at home. If you have loved ones who are no longer able to live independently, and who’ve moved into a nursing home, stopping in to see them and spread holiday cheer will be especially meaningful to both of you. Unfortunately, with nursing home abuse becoming increasingly common, these visits are also necessary to make sure that elderly and infirm relatives are being treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. When you are making the holiday rounds, make sure that you’re on the lookout for signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Nursing home and abuse are two sides of the same coin: both are indicative of a nursing home resident not getting the care that they need, and of being ill-treated. While nursing home abuse can be physical emotional, financial or sexual, and is an intentional infliction of injury, intimidation, or unreasonable confinement. Nursing home neglect is a failure (whether intentional or not) to provide care and services. Both are a crime. There are certain signs that are common to both that you need to look out for:

  • Bruising or injuries, including burns, fractures, black eyes, abrasions
  • Bed Sores
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Emotional upset
  • Fearfulness
  • Lack of speech
  • Withdrawal
  • Rocking
  • Malnutrition
  • Reluctance to speak in staff member’s presence
  • Staff member unwilling to leave you alone with resident
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Heavy medication or sedation
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Bruising around breasts or genital area
  • Signs of restraint around wrists or ankles

There are many reasons why nursing home abuse is on the rise, including understaffed facilities leading to overworked and poorly trained workers responsible for a challenging population. Nursing homes may be negligent in their hiring practices, or supervisors may simply be disinterested. Whatever the reason for the neglect or abuse taking place, it is unacceptable at all times and requires quick action once it is detected. Because the elderly are so medically fragile, nursing home abuse and neglect can lead to a rapid deterioration ending in death.

If you suspect that your elderly relative is the victim of nursing home abuse, the compassionate attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Contact us immediately to get your loved one the protection and respect that they deserve.

 

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