Abuse in nursing homes is an abhorrent concept, and no one should harm the vulnerable among us. Unfortunately, this type of abuse is not uncommon. About one in ten elders over 60 have been abused, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Older people have been reported to experience numerous forms of abuse in nursing homes. This includes the following:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
To protect those they love, family members of those in nursing homes must recognize the signs of abuse. The Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers at Charles W. Miller & Associates want to discuss the five signs of abuse in a nursing home.
Unexplained Injuries or Bruising
Physical abuse often manifests as unexplained injuries such as skin tears, bruising, cuts, etc. It is not uncommon for an older person to bruise easily, but when it becomes a pattern, it could indicate abuse. Inquire how the injuries occurred, and be wary of answers that do not make sense.
Sudden Changes in Behavior
As the person closest to your loved one, you will likely notice any sudden changes in their behavior. Symptoms of abuse include anxiety, fear, embarrassment, agitation, depression, and anger. Even if there are no physical signs of abuse, this does not mean that there hasn't been emotional abuse.
Malnutrition or Dehydration
If nursing home staff neglects residents' basic needs, signs of deterioration may appear. Your loved one's weight may fluctuate, and their health may suffer. The most common signs of neglect are weakness, cracked lips, swollen tongue, and dry mouth.
If you notice that the room of your loved one is dirty or if the bedding or clothes are soiled, this indicates that abuse or neglect is taking place. Perhaps the living quarters are untidy, or your loved one has not been bathed.
Financial or Property Changes
Elder financial exploitation is on the rise. Unpaid bills, unusual power of attorney or other document changes, unnecessary purchases, and subscriptions are some of the most common signs of elder abuse.
Contact An Attorney as Soon as Possible
Please seek legal assistance today if you suspect a loved one has been abused in a nursing home. At Charles W. Miller & Associates, our qualified and experienced team is ready to work with appropriate authorities to investigate your case to ensure your loved one is fairly compensated for what has happened. This can include:
- Coverage of all medical expenses related to the abuse
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Relocation expenses
- Possible punitive damages against the abusers or agency
Contact our Kentucky lawyers today at (502) 890-9954 to schedule a case review!