Stop Nursing Home Abuse
If you trusted a nursing home, assisted living facility or residential care facility to care for a family member or loved one, and now you suspect abuse, you are not alone.
Abuse can take many forms – ranging from neglect to physical assault. Elders that may be most susceptible to abuse include those with dementia or disabilities. No matter what form it takes, nursing home abuse is illegal and needs to be stopped. In a survey conducted by The National Center on Elder Abuse, it was reported that elders who experience abuse had a 300% higher risk of death than those who had not been abused.
Incidents of abuse are rarely reported to the proper authorities. Residents may be reluctant to complain for fear of retaliation or embarrassment, and family and friends of the victim might be unaware of the common warning signs.
Know the Signs of Abuse
If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, take immediate action. Warning signs may include any of the following:
- Untimely or unexplained death
- Infected bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Unexpected falls
- Unexplained injuries like broken bones and sprains, head injuries, bruises, burns, cuts or abrasions
- Medication errors or overdoses
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Unsanitary or unclean conditions
Emotional or Behavioral Changes
- Agitation, withdrawal or fear
- Frequent crying
- Complaints of poor treatment
Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities
If your loved one passed away suddenly or unexpectedly in a nursing home or residential care facility, and you suspect neglect or abuse was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. We are here for you. We can help navigate the legal system, and get your family justice. It’s important to hold those who may be responsible accountable. By pursuing legal action, you can help prevent the same thing from happening to another family.