Top Three Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse is all too common in our society. Especially if you’ve gone through the painstaking process of selecting a nursing home, where you hope your elder loved one will be safe, it is devastating to learn that he or she has been abused. Nursing homes promise quality care, but too frequently fall short of any reasonable standard. It’s important to be vigilant and advocate strongly for your loved one. The three most prevalent types of abuse elders suffer are:
- Physical — Reprehensible behavior toward vulnerable elders include; battery, sexual assault, unnecessary use of restraints and generally rough handling. Telltale signs include bruising and red discoloration of the skin. When caregivers handle elders roughly, they can suffer muscle pulls and pinched nerves.
- Emotional — Verbal abuse, foul language, threats and rudeness are demeaning toward anyone, but can take a terrible emotional toll on elders who are completely dependent upon staff for care. If you notice a change in your elder’s mood, if he or she becomes withdrawn, depressed or sullen, the reason could be emotional abuse.
- Neglect — Although more insidious, neglect can be even more harmful to an elder than deliberate physical or emotional abuse. Elders who are denied care soon suffer physically and emotionally. They become dehydrated and malnourished, develop bedsores and become depressed. Elders denied proper hygiene become sick and are susceptible to life-threatening infections. Signs of neglect include weight loss, soiled clothes and bedding, body odor, grime under the fingernails and reddening of skin on the back of the head, elbows and heels where pressure ulcers start.
If you notice any signs of abuse, report your findings to your state’s adult protective services agency immediately and seek advice from a personal injury attorney with a focus on elder law.
If you suspect abuse or neglect of an elder, contact a law firm with more than 200 years of combined legal experience. Call (888) 351-1038 or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online to schedule a free consultation.