Elder abuse is a very serious concern when it comes to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Those with aging parents look to these facilities to provide quality care for their loved ones. It therefore comes as a shock when families learn that their loved ones are being mistreated by those charged with providing this care. Elder abuse, if left unchecked, may lead to physical symptoms, depression, and even early death. It is therefore your responsibility as a family member or guardian to be vigilant at all times to ensure that nursing homes are offering the best level of care.
Residents of nursing homes can be physically abused, emotionally abused, or even sexually abused. Victims of nursing home abuse are usually unable to fight back, given their physical and mental frailty. At the same time, these individuals are often threatened with violence and expulsion periodically, which makes it that much harder for them to speak out.
Signs indicating nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Frequent complaints from the victim stating that they’re not being taken care of well (first and most obvious sign).
- Unexplained mood changes.
- Unexplained body bumps and bruises.
- Reports of incontinence which was not a previous concern. Incontinence may be caused by stress.
- Passive, emotionless of withdrawn behavior.
- Refusing to eat or participate in daily nursing home activities.
- Confusion, disorientation and hesitation to talk openly.
- Lack of personal items and a less-than-pleasant living environment.
- Bed sores or other lesions.
It’s important to pay attention to your loved one’s demeanor whenever you visit them or talk to them. You should also take note of their personal hygiene as well as the condition of their room. Additionally, you can examine their skin to see whether they have bruises, welts, bedsores or other wounds which look like they might have been inflicted by another person or the result of neglect. The most important thing you can do is to listen to them and take all abuse complaints seriously.
Maybe the nursing home allowed your loved one to leave the premises unattended (also called elopement). An especially damaging form of injury caused by nursing home neglect is referred to as “contractures.” Contractures occur when the normally elastic & flexible skeletal muscle tissue attached to the bone is replaced by rigid tissue due to immobility.
One little-known fact about Texas is that the State passed a law specifically granting you the right to install a hidden camera in a nursing home. There are a few rules to follow, but I strongly encourage all of you out there to take advantage of this. Sadly, nothing prevents nursing home abuse better than when caregivers know that they’re being recorded.
At Rasansky Law Firm, you come first.
Our Dallas nursing home abuse attorneys have dealt with many elder abuse cases in Dallas (as well as throughout Texas), and we would like to help you seek justice against those who’ve harmed someone you love. Taking legal action will help your family get the justice and compensation you deserve, and more importantly, will prevent these people from preying on the elderly ever again.
You can call our Dallas nursing home abuse lawyers at 1-877-405-4313 any time of the day for a free over-the-phone consultation. You can also reach us via website chat or email for no cost as well. We look forward to helping you and your family.