Finding out that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home facility can be devastating and make you feel guilty and/or powerless. You can ensure that your loved ones do not become silent victims by paying attention to warning signs and contacting Inkelaar Law when you suspect nursing home abuse.
Nearly ten percent of nursing home residents are abused each year and they are abused in a variety of ways. Warning signs of nursing home abuse vary, but can include physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
Physical symptoms of nursing home abuse may include:
Symptoms of nursing home abuse in the financial area can include:
Many nursing home residents who experience abuse in a facility may experience a form of silent abuse that is not readily visible. The symptoms and signs that emotional abuse may be occurring are more subtle. Emotional abuse warning signs include:
When nursing home residents are being abused by their caretakers, it is possible that they will become too fearful to report instances of abuse. They may feel that no one will believe them or they may fear retaliation if they report the abuse.
In any case, when nursing home residents are too afraid to report that they are being abused, it is vital that family members pay attention to warning signs so that they can act on behalf of their loved ones. Family members who know or suspect that abuse may be occurring should ensure the resident has access to medical care right away.
Once nursing home abuse is suspected, you may:
The most important thing that family members can do is to pay attention and to regularly visit and engage the nursing home resident. Prolonged amounts of time between visits may cause a nursing home resident to become a target for unscrupulous care providers.
Regular visitation and engagement with the nursing home administrators make it easy to see the warning signs of nursing home abuse. This will also demonstrate that there is someone who cares about this resident and who will follow up on any anomalies in their care.
If you have questions about nursing home abuse laws, rights and obligations in Nebraska, contact Inkelaar Law at 1-877-537-4665 or use our case evaluation form to send our office an email.