Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

When you enroll your loved one in a nursing home facility, you have the right to expect that they will be treated well. In many cases, assisted living can be a great solution for families hoping to ensure that a loved one receives needed care and attention. Unfortunately, some facilities fail their patients. In worst-case scenarios, staff members at these facilities may even abuse their patients.

Elderly nursing home patients are among the most vulnerable members of society. It can be difficult for them to articulate some of the challenges that they face at their facility, and sometimes they are not believed, even when they do speak out. For these and other reasons, assisted living patients are uniquely vulnerable to financial, sexual, and physical abuse, as well as things like the denial of basic needs.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in an assisted living facility, it can be a great idea to contact an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your options and will fight for justice for your loved one whenever possible.

At the end of the day, trust your instincts — if you suspect that something is wrong, contact an attorney. Other possible signs of abuse include:

Physical or Medical Abuse

  • -Sudden, unexplained injuries, including cuts, burns, or broken bones
  • -Dramatic increase in number of infections or diseases contracted
  • -Signs of improper hygiene like tooth decay, body odor, and hair loss
  • -Dramatic weight loss
  • -Extreme hunger or thirst
  • -Acting frightened or depressed
  • -Patient reports not having access to a doctor
  • -In some circumstances, patient is physically restrained

Sexual Abuse

  • -Dramatic changes in mood or behavior
  • -Sudden, unexplained injuries, particularly to the mouth or genital region
  • -Contraction of sexually transmitted diseases or infections
  • -Dirty or missing undergarments
  • -Reports that other patients were sexually abused or harassed
  • -Acting frightened or depressed

Financial Abuse

  • -Sudden, dramatic changes in spending habits
  • -Making financial or material gifts to new acquaintances
  • -The absence of everyday material goods your loved one could historically afford
  • -A caregiver who controls your loved one’s finances
  • -Apparent unawareness by your loved one of their own financial transactions

Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe firmly in the dignity of every human being. All assisted living patients have a right to live free from abuse. With our proven record of winning big settlements for clients who have suffered horrible indignities, we want to help you fight for the justice you deserve. We will listen to your story and help you understand all of your options, possibly including negotiations.

Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss assisted living abuse and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.

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