Identifying Elderly Abuse in Nursing Homes

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How to Identify Abuse in Nursing Homes

Have you experienced suspicions regarding the care of an elderly loved one? Nursing homes are designated to support the ones you love, not harm them. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect can take place in licensed facilities. The effect of neglect and abuse on seniors is undoubtedly damaging.

At Garcia & Artigliere, we take a stand against elder physical abuse.  We want to ensure that your family members are given the best possible care and attention. For this reason, we’ve compiled a checklist which can bring possible abuse to light. You can confirm that a nursing home is providing quality care by answering these questions.

Elder Well-Being Checklist

1. Emotional/Social Contentment

Is your loved one as content and sociable as when they first arrived in their nursing home? If they have recently become withdrawn or consistently nervous, this is cause for concern.

2. Free of Physical Disfigurements

Is their body free from reoccurring bruises, scratches or cuts? Elder physical abuse can also show itself in burns, bone injuries or any unexplained wound.

3. Proper Nutrition

Is your loved one maintaining a healthy weight and skin colour? Malnutrition and dehydration are a less-obvious form of nursing home neglect.  Weight loss, dry skin and lips and abnormally dark urine are symptoms.

4. Regular Private Visits

Are you given time to meet with your family member alone? If a nursing home staff member refuses to permit a private visit, they may be attempting to hide evidence of abuse.

5. Sanitary Living Conditions

Is the nursing home free of bugs, soiled bedding and hazardous material? Unsanitary conditions can lead to bedsores, lice and hygiene concerns.

6. Correct Dosage of Medication Administered

Is the senior free of preventable medication errors like overdose or administration of incorrect dosage? Nursing home staff should be trained on exact specifications of medication that the senior should receive. If residents are given the incorrect combination or dose of medications, the nursing home is considered liable.

If you’ve answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, we recommend contacting an experienced elder abuse lawyer. Garcia & Artigliere believe that nursing homes must be held accountable for poor care. Our lawyers have pioneered many complicated elder physical abuse cases, achieving multi-million dollar verdicts and justice for the abused.

Remember, nursing homes are subject to strict state and federal laws, so suspected violation of appropriate conduct requires immediate consultation with a lawyer.  For a free case review from our firm, complete the form to the right or call us toll-free at 1.800.281.8515.