Caring for a loved one with dementia or other disabilities can be overwhelming. You may not be able to provide the round-the-clock supervision and health-related care that your loved one requires. Many people must make the heart-wrenching decision to trust a nursing care facility or a nursing home to properly care for their loved ones. While there are facilities that are staffed by loving, competent caregivers, unfortunately many residents suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of nursing care staff or even other residents. And, because your loved one is so vulnerable and may not be able to properly convey their suffering, you may not discover it right away.
Shockingly, a recent study reported that approximately half of nursing home attendants had admitted neglecting or abusing elderly patients. And a recent study showed that an elderly nursing home resident who experienced abuse of any type had a risk of death that was 300% higher than an elderly person who had not been abused.
It isn’t always easy to spot the signs of abuse and neglect in the elderly population, because many of the signs are also associated with aging. Some of the signs may point toward physical or emotional abuse. Some may point to neglect. Some may indicate over-medication or excessive use of sedatives. For nursing home residents who are unable to report their abuse, this is especially troubling. But even those residents who are capable of reporting mistreatment often do not – they may believe there are no alternatives, or they may fear retaliation from their caregivers.
There are several signs that may indicate nursing abuse or neglect, including:
If you believe that your loved one has been improperly cared for, neglected, or abused in a nursing home residence, we can help. We can advise you on your legal options and help to launch an investigation that could uncover evidence that your loved one is not being properly cared for. We will fight to recover compensation for your loved one’s suffering. Call our nursing home abuse lawyers in Mercer County today at 609-786-2540. You may also submit an online inquiry to Davis & Brusca.