Has a loved one suffered abuse at an assisted living facility in Texas? Call 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
It’s important for the residents of assisted living facilities (and their families) to understand how to recognize elder abuse, and to what to do once it has been discovered.
Residents of assisted living facilities usually are more independent than residents of nursing homes. As such, they do not require the same amount of medical care, usually having the ability to handle daily activities such as getting from place to place, eating, and grooming.
Even though assisted living facilities are different than nursing homes, residents are not immune to the dangers of abuse. In order to reduce the potential for serious injuries from abuse, both residents and their families need to be aware what is happening within the facility. If you believe that your loved one has been abused by an employee of an assisted living facility, contact an elder abuse lawyer for legal advice right away. Rasansky Law Firm is available 24 hours a day to take your call (free of charge) at 1-877-405-4313.
Discovering assisted living abuse.
Quite often, assisted living abuse can go undetected for extended periods of time. Anyone who has a loved one in an assisted living facility should make it a point to visit often and inquire about their level of care since the victims will not always bring the details to your attention. The failure to bring the information to someone’s attention could be the result of fear or embarrassment. The victim may also been unable to report the incident(s) because of frailty, disability, or lack of access to a telephone. Families of assisted living residents should look for the following signs that may indicate possible abuse:
- Unexplained injuries such as cuts, bruises, or other types of injuries of an unknown nature
- Bed sores
- Weight loss with no obvious cause
- Rapid deterioration of a resident’s health or mental stability
- Indications the patient feels fearful or intimidated
- Lack of personal hygiene or presence of unsanitary living conditions
- Patient appears depressed, withdrawn, or shows changes in social behavior
- Excessive use of any kind of restraints, including chemical and physical
Making a report.
Once severe assisted living abuse is detected, take action by reporting the abuse to Texas’ long-term care ombudsman – who is responsible for investigating any reports of abuse in assisted living and other long-term care facilities. The ombudsman may also report the abuse to the adult protective services agency on the victim’s behalf; if this doesn’t happen, the residents of family members should take it upon themselves to do so.
Once the resident is no longer in immediate danger, it’s time to consult with an assisted living abuse lawyer in Dallas. Our firm has lawyers who are experienced in elder abuse, and we can help a victim or a family member file a lawsuit to seek compensation for all medical expenses, injuries and emotional harm that resulted from the abuse.
If your loved one was abused in an assisted living facility in Dallas, or anywhere in Texas, fill out the contact form on this page or call our office at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
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