More than half a million incidents of elder abuse are reported in the United States each year—and that doesn’t include all of the cases that go unreported.
Elder abuse can take many different forms; it may be physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse, or it may take the form of neglect.
Senior citizens are often targets for scams, identity theft, and healthcare fraud. It’s important to be aware of the signs of these types of scams and to educate your loved ones about how to avoid them.
Nursing home neglect is also an unfortunate reality. It’s frustrating and frightening to think that facilities designed to take care of the elderly may not be performing up to basic standards.
Whether it’s neglect of basic needs, medical needs, personal hygiene, or emotional/social neglect, nursing home neglect is unacceptable. It is important to monitor and regularly check in with loved ones who are in nursing homes to be sure that they are receiving the appropriate level of care.
Unusual weight loss, unsanitary/unsafe living conditions, and improper hygienic practices are all signs of potential caregiver or self-neglect. It is important to stay aware of how your loved one is being cared for and to intervene on their behalf when necessary.
If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from elder abuse or neglect, you will need to be able to show that the nursing home facility was negligent and prove that this negligence caused injury to residents.
To report nursing home abuse, contact the attorneys at Schuerman Law along with the nursing home administrator. With over 40 years of experience, John Schuerman is an experienced advocate for injury victims and their families. He and his team can help you navigate the intricacies of taking action for cases of elder abuse/neglect with ease. Call 1-800-274-0045 to schedule your free consultation today.
Learn more about elder abuse here.