As our loved ones grow older, they may no longer have the ability to properly care for themselves and live independently. When this happens, you may choose to place this individual in the care of a nursing home facility. However, sometimes elderly people do not receive the care and attention they deserve, and they must suffer from nursing home abuse or neglect.
Although many nursing homes provide exceptional care to elderly individuals, others are not so good. In the worst cases, doctors, nurses and other staff members may abuse residents, or ignore them completely. Thus, as a family member of a nursing home resident, it’s important to watch out for some of the common signs of abuse.
Watch out for common issues
Although many elderly people may be prone to bruising and even falls, it is not normal for a family member to constantly suffer from new and unusual bruises and other marks. If this appears to be the case, be sure to ask nursing home staff members about it. Try to find out the reasons why your loved one has experienced specific physical injuries.
You should also keep an eye out for emotional abuse. Individuals suffering from this form of abuse may seem fearful and withdrawn, which may be the result of intimidation or harassment from nursing home staff. People suffering from emotional abuse often have a difficult time speaking up due to fear, making it a challenge to pinpoint if this issue is occurring.
If you believe that someone close to you is experiencing abuse in a nursing home, meet with a compassionate and skilled California injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire as soon as possible.