As the number of elderly Americans continues to increase with the Baby Boomer generation and the average lifespan lengthens, more and more families are having to confront the difficult decision of whether to place an elderly relative in a nursing home. For most, this decision is based on the desire to ensure that their loved ones will receive the care and treatment they need and deserve. Unfortunately, in some cases, nursing homes and other elder care facilities fail to provide even the most basic standard of care to which their residents are entitled.
Nursing home abuse and negligence can have serious consequences for elderly victims. Sadly, elderly residents are often too afraid to report this deplorable behavior. Particularly for older residents who have difficulty communicating, the signs of abuse may go undetected for years. Therefore, it is important that those with loved ones in nursing homes be able to recognize the warning signs of abuse in order to rectify this type of injustice as quickly as possible.
Common Indicators of Nursing Home Mistreatment
The following is a brief list of some of the most common warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Emotional withdrawal
- Unexplained bruising and scars
- Abrupt weight loss
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being abused or neglected, you should remove him or her to safety as soon as possible before contacting a lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options.
The elderly deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and when nursing homes fail to provide this standard of care, they may be held liable for the consequences of their carelessness and cruelty. Contact the compassionate yet tenacious attorneys of Patino Law Firms today at 956-631-3535 to learn more about what you can do if your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home.