Nursing Home Abuse
When you entrust your loved one to a nursing home, you expect them to be cared for with compassion and understanding. Unfortunately, because nursing home residents are often frail or cognitively-impaired, they are placed in compromising situations that can result in abuse.
A recent study found that one in every three nursing home residents experiences some form of abuse, which can come from nursing home staff or other residents at the facility.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home facility, contact the Atlanta nursing home abuse attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for a no-obligation consultation today.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse may occur in a number of ways, including:
This can be kicking, punching, slapping, choking, pinching, shaking, beating, forced restraint (with restraints or with sedatives, not prescribed by a doctor), or any other physical harm.
This can include withholding proper food and water, leaving a resident alone or isolated for long periods of time, improper hygiene care and any other signs that your loved one is not receiving the care necessary for a good quality of life.
While more difficult to recognize, emotional abuse can include yelling, insults, humiliation, threats or ignoring a resident’s emotional needs.
Similar to physical abuse, this includes molestation, sexually explicit comments or other advances.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Nursing home abuse can be difficult to identify. In many cases, abused residents are reluctant to speak up for fear of retaliation or further abuse. In other instances, elder residents may lack the ability to speak on their own behalf.
In order to protect your elder loved ones and ensure the best care for them, be vigilant for these sings of abuse and neglect:
- Poor hygiene
- Loss of hair
- Sudden loss of weight
- Unusual amount of illnesses
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Bloody or soiled linens or clothing
- Bed sores, open wounds, or cuts
- Listlessness, anxiety or withdrawal
- Missing personal items
- Infantile behaviors
- Delayed or refusal of access to visit loved one
Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you suspect that your elder loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t wait to take action. Contact the legal team of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP in Atlanta, GA.
With over 40 years of legal experience and strong medical expertise, the Atlanta law firm of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP understands your need to seek justice on your loved one’s behalf and will work with you to create a strong case.
Contact our office at 404-845-0012 or go online and set up your free consultation.