Your New Jersey Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
When you put your loved one in a nursing home, you have the right to expect that they will be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. Unfortunately, not all nursing home staffers treat their patients with the care they deserve. As a nursing home patient, your loved one needs emotional support, health and wellness care, and stimulation. A good nursing home provides these things in a way that improves the quality of life for the elderly. But when nursing homes or assisted living facilities fail their clients, the results can be dire. If a patient is neglected, they may injure themselves, experience mental health problems, develop diseases or have existing medical symptoms worsen.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
If you suspect your loved one might be the victim of nursing home neglect, there are a number of key signs to look for when you visit or speak with them.
- Bruises, cuts or other signs of injury
- Drastic change in emotional state
- Lack of apparent medical care
- Weight loss
- Trouble locating or contacting staff members
Victims of neglect are at increased risk of injury, sickness, or even death. When you placed your loved one in a nursing home, you did so because you wanted them to experience high-quality care.
Emotional and Social Neglect in Nursing Homes
You put your loved one in a nursing home because you believed it would be the best way for them to maintain a high quality of life while receiving the healthcare treatment they need. Many nursing homes are great, safe places for elderly people. At their best, they help busy families manage a loved one’s care, while providing that person with dignity and respect.
Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail their patients. In some cases, negligence or outright mistreatment results in physical injuries or illness. In other cases, the patient may experience emotional and social neglect.
What Are Emotional and Social Neglect?
Although mental and emotional health issues are harder to see than physical ones, they are no less significant. Elderly people who receive regular social stimulation and emotional support experience a much higher quality of life than those who do not.
There are significant health benefits for people who continue to socialize in their later years. For example, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, participation in social and leisure activities is associated with a decreased risk of dementia.
When nursing homes fail to provide their patients with this sort of social engagement, they can worsen that patient’s health and overall quality of life. Just because your loved one is in a nursing home doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a full, rich life.
Signs of Emotional and Social Neglect
If you suspect your loved one’s emotional and social needs are being neglected, you might want to look for the following signs:
-Marked changes in mood
-High staff turnover
-Dramatic changes in overall physical health
-Your loved one seems depressed or anxious
-Significant change in weight
-Significant change in sleep patterns
-Your loved one does not describe having friends
-Your loved one does not describe positive experiences with nursing home staff
If these or other worrying signs are present, you should contact a lawyer, who can advise you about your options. Your loved one should not have to suffer in silence, and you both may be eligible for significant financial compensation.
Fortunately, if your loved one is being neglected, they do not have to suffer in silence. You may be entitled to a financial settlement that can help cover the costs of previous care, medical expenses incurred by neglect, and the emotional damages of neglect. An attorney can help you understand your options. The amount of money you ultimately receive will depend on the experience and reputation of the attorney you call. Contact us today.
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Discuss Your Case with Our Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Today
If you think your loved one is or was the victim of nursing home neglect, you should call O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping people like you recover damages after mistreatment, neglect, or malpractice. We will listen to your story and help you determine what approach is right for you, possibly including significant financial compensation. At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe in the importance of quality elder care. Nursing homes that neglect their patients should be held accountable for their actions. Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss nursing home neglect 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.