It is hard to believe, but elder abuse and nursing home negligence are common occurrences. Over a half a million reports of nursing home elder abuse are reported annually. All too often, the elderly are deprived of basic needs, or suffer mental and physical abuse.
If you have a loved one that is being cared for in a nursing home or by a caregiver, it is important to be aware of signs of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. Often the abuse or neglect can stem for depriving your loved one of necessities and can include:
- Withholding food and water;
- Not monitoring medications;
- Poor toilet facilities;
- Inadequate grooming and daily care.
Failure to provide for these basic needs can result in serious injury, and even death. Negligent care can cause a host of problems including dehydration, starvation and bedsores. This neglect is not always obvious, and it is up to you as a family member to be watchful for any signs that something is not right. Keep in mind that your loved one may be reluctant to speak to you about the problem out of fear.
Other signs of abuse can include:
- Unexplained injuries;
- Stained or bloody clothing;
- Unexplained weight loss;
- Unexplained changes in demeanor.
If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused, it is important to take prompt action. Gather as much information you can, including their medical charts, photos, and eyewitness accounts. The matter should then be reported to the appropriate staff member at the facility. You can also file a report with state agencies including the New York State Department of Health, or your State Ombudsman.
Our team at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is committed to putting an end to nursing home negligence and elder abuse. We are very familiar with the legal issues involved, as well as the emotional aspect that these cases involve. We will thoroughly investigate your claim, and hold the institution responsible for the harm caused to your loved one. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-888-575-6410.