Are You Wondering About Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect?
Nursing home abuse is likely the last thing you expected when you placed your elderly relatives in a care facility. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect happen to far too many senior citizens. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering abuse or you already have evidence that it is happening, reach out to a lawyer at Ladendorf Law.
We help clients in the Indianapolis metro area put a stop to nursing home abuse and neglect. Because this can be such a frightening experience, we have taken a moment to answer some common questions about elder abuse. Arming yourself with information is the first step in ending abuse and bringing the perpetrator to justice.
What is considered abuse in a nursing home?
Abuse can take many forms, including:
- Physical abuse
- Mental, emotional and psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Food or water deprivation
- Financial abuse
- Unnecessary medication or sedation
- Isolation or physical restraint
Remember, abuse is not always physical. The toll that emotional or financial abuse takes can be just as devastating as that of physical abuse.
How is nursing home abuse investigated?
Investigating abuse or neglect in care facilities takes extensive time, research and patience. If an elderly person can no longer speak for themselves, the process is even more difficult. We often work with law enforcement officers, forensic accountants, psychologists and gerontologists to uncover evidence of abuse. Though this can take a long time, there is no stone we leave unturned when it comes to investigating potential abuse.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse?
Knowing the signs of abuse or neglect can go a long way toward keeping your parent or elderly loved one safe. Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Unexplained bruises, welts or cuts
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Poor hygiene
- Fear of facility’s caretakers or reluctance to speak around caregivers
- Emotional agitation
- Trauma around the genital area
- Unexplained death
One or more of these signs may indicate that your loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect.
How do I keep my loved one safe?
Recognizing the indicators of abuse is an important first step. Keep a regular diary that documents your loved one’s mental capacity, physical appearance and any injuries. Maintain regular contact with your loved one through phone calls, emails and visits. And consult an attorney to learn more about the rights of senior citizens in nursing homes and how to end the suspected abuse permanently.
Protect Your Loved Ones From Abuse
If you believe that your parent or another elderly person you love is experiencing abuse or neglect, contact Ladendorf Law immediately. We can address your concerns, answer more questions and help you decide your next steps. To contact us, please call 317-842-5800 or send us an email.