Nursing Home Neglect

file0001159645301Nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide safe and comfortable homes for millions of older Americans. However, due to an ever increasing demand, many of these facilities are overtaxed. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans ages 60 and over have suffered from some form of elder abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse can be defined as emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, financial exploitation, and more. Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can make elderly Americans more susceptible to elder abuse, as can social isolation. Family members who are unable to care for themselves are often placed in nursing homes or assisted living facilities to ensure their safety. These types of housing can provide a wonderful sense of community for your loved ones. However, it’s important to make sure that they are being well cared for, especially if they have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Elder Abuse Warning Signs

  • Bruises, abrasions, broken bones, and other injuries
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Unmet medical needs
  • Rapid health decline
  • Withheld food or water
  • Verbal threats

If your elderly loved one is immediate danger, call 911. If you suspect nursing home neglect, contact your local Adult Protective Services office, your Long Term Care Ombudsman, or the police to make a report. Consult with a personal injury attorney about how to collect evidence to verify nursing home neglect or abuse. Move your loved one to another location and make a report of your suspicions to the facility. Talk to your loved one about their care if they are able to provide feedback. Do they feel safe and comfortable in the facility? How does the staff treat them? Encourage your older loved ones to stay socially engaged by attending activities, game nights, church services, etc. If your loved one has suffered from nursing home negligence or abuse, it’s important to take action. Doing so will prevent others from undergoing the same experience by ensuring that the neglect and abuse is not allowed to continue. If someone you care about has from nursing home neglect, get advice from a trusted source. Attorney John Schuerman has over forty years of experience with personal injury claims. He’ll fight aggressively for full compensation for you and your family. Evening and weekend appointments are available in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.