Dealing with Hospitals that Ignore Repeated Elder Care Complaints
For the elderly person who requires intensive round-the-clock medical attention, a hospital should be a safe haven where their needs are attended to in a timely and sensitive manner. Unfortunately, elder abuse runs rampant even in the very facilities that have been tasked with keeping people alive, healthy and as comfortable as possible in their later years. It’s important for families to visit their elderly relatives regularly who have been hospitalized and to monitor them for signs of abuse or neglect. General signs of abuse or neglect include frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and the elderly person, changes in personality or behavior in the elder and many more. But what happens when signs of abuse are discovered?
The first inclination is to report the abuse to the hospital. Yet, many hospitals ignore, deny or even attempt to cover up abuse and neglect, and some families are finding that their repeated complaints about the lack of care that their elderly relatives are receiving have gone unheeded or in some cases, blatantly punished. One man was even banned from visiting his own mother at the Ferryfield House hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland due to his history of complaints regarding the facility’s standard of care. He claims that his mother is wasting away as a result of their negligence; the hospital claims that he has been unnecessarily aggressive with their staff.
So how should hospitals or other facilities that ignore repeated elder care complaints be handled? Seeking the guidance of experienced elder abuse lawyers can provide families with the help they need to protect their loved ones from further harm and neglect.
If your elderly family member has suffered as a result of abuse or neglect in a hospital, the elder abuse lawyers at the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby can help. Call 800-281-8515 or visit www.lawgarcia.com today for more information.