With so many elderly citizens residing in nursing homes, reports of nursing home neglect, abuse and exploitation continue to increase. The elderly are often unable to care for themselves any longer and unfortunately this makes them prime candidates for a variety of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, or even sexual. A victim’s reaction can range from withdrawal to violence. There are a number of signs and symptoms that indicate abuse or neglect.
It is important to monitor your loved one’s situation when they are in a nursing home. There are many signs and symptoms that you should look for if you suspect that they are being abused or neglected. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, contact Irons Law Firm so we may review your case
Take note if your loved one becomes extremely lethargic, withdrawn, and/or depressed. Such reactions are not uncommon in abuse situations. Check the nursing home resident’s personal hygiene and condition of his or her room. Pay close attention to whether your loved one seems malnourished or dehydrated. Look at his or her skin condition, and take note of whether pressure sores (or bed sores) have developed. Most importantly, listen to your loved one. Take all complaints of abuse or neglect seriously.
Look for signs of abuse:
- Obvious malnutrition (unexplained weight loss) and dehydration.
- Lack of personal cleanliness.
- Habitually dressed in torn or dirty clothes.
- Constantly hungry.
- In need of medical/dental care.
- Left unattended for long periods of time.
- Reports of neglect.
If a loved is in a nursing home and you feel that have been abused or neglected, please contact Irons immediately to discuss your legal rights and options regarding your loved one in a nursing home.