Placing an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a heart-wrenching decision. Millions of families each year have to consider placing a parent or grandparent in a facility where their medical needs and day-to-day living needs can be met. We would like to think that the people with whom we entrust their care will provide the same standard of care we gave, but, sadly, that is often not the case. In fact, nursing home neglect / abuse is becoming an epidemic in the United States.
Each year in the United States, an estimated 2.1 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse. What is even more shocking is that for every case of nursing home neglect / abuse that is reported, there may be as many as five more cases that go unreported. Research suggests that abused elders tend to die earlier than seniors who are well cared for, even in the absence of life-threatening and chronic conditions.
While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of elder abuse, senior citizens are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by nursing home neglect or abuse, call Clay now! Our nursing home neglect / abuse attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.
Some common signs of physical abuse of the elderly are:
- Unexplained bruises and cuts
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Broken bones
Emotional abuse of the elderly may include:
- Intimidation through yelling and threats
- Ignoring the patient
- Isolating the patient from other residents and/or activities
- Terrorizing the patient
- Mocking the patient
If your elderly loved one has been neglected, you may notice:
- Medications not being administered or administered improperly
- Soiled clothing or bed linens
- Unsanitary living conditions
If your elderly loved one has been abused in a sexual nature, he or she may suffer from or show:
- Bleeding around the genital or anal area
- Venereal disease
- Bloody undergarments
- Bruises around the breast/genital region
Financial exploitation is actually the most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly. An unscrupulous caregiver may:
- Misuse the elder’s checks, accounts, or credit cards
- Steal money, steal checks, or steal belongings
- Forge signatures
- Authorize withdrawals or transfer of monies
- Theft of the patient’s identity