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Putting your elderly family member into a nursing facility is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make. Very few will argue that the elderly deserve respect and dignity from those trained to care for them on a daily basis. Sadly, this is not always the case. Nursing home neglect and abuse is something that happens all across the nation.
Nursing Home Abuse
The physical or mental abuse of nursing home residents comes in many forms. Mental abuse includes psychological and emotional abuse, including intimidation and threats toward a resident. Physical abuse can include:
- Physical and chemical restraints
- Assault and battery
- Denial of medication
- Sexual abuse
- Deprivation of amenities such as food and water
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglecting or insufficiently caring for elderly residents is tied to several factors. Failing to provide proper medical care, proper hygiene, or even failing to provide a stimulating environment for bedridden residents, are forms of neglect. Many nursing home residents suffer from various forms of dementia or other mental states that require closely monitoring them. Failure to do so may wind up with a severely injured resident. Falls are a common injury suffered by many nursing home residents that are caused by negligent care.
Symptoms and Signs of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Common signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse may be more obvious than others. Some common signs include:
- Cuts, bruises, sprains, and fractures that are unexplained
- Infected bedsores
- Frozen joints
- Torn, dirty or stained underclothes
- Neglected health problems
- Poor hygiene
- Odors of urine or feces
- Dirt, fleas, lice, or signs of other vermin in the room
- Unexplained sexually transmitted disease, bleeding, or infection
- Broken or missing personal items
- Sudden behavioral changes
- Unexplained withdrawls from resident’s bank account
- Changes in wills, trusts, or estates
The doctors and staff of the nursing home are paid to care for your elderly loved ones. Actively neglecting or abusing, or knowing neglect and abuse are occurring, is despicable behavior and should be called out. Though nursing home neglect and abuse can be difficult to prove, having someone investigate suspicious activity and act as an advocate for you and your family member can be a great relief.
If you believe your loved one has suffered nursing home neglect or abuse, please contact the experienced New Hampshire and Vermont nursing home negligence lawyers at Cullenberg & Tensen for an initial consultation.