Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes are healthcare facilities that are intended to provide the most vulnerable among us with the comforts of home and the care and attention they need to live their fullest lives. If nursing home abuse is an issue, however, the outcome can be devastating. If your loved one has been harmed – or worse – by what you believe is nursing home abuse, don’t put off consulting with a prominent Forsyth County nursing home abuse attorney.
Nursing Home Neglect Vs. Abuse
No two nursing home abuse cases ever follow exactly the same course, but they are generally predicated on either neglect or abuse perpetrated by nursing home staff and/or administrators. While nursing home neglect refers to treatment that doesn’t rise to the necessary standards of health care, sanitation, living conditions, and/or social stimulation, it lacks the element of intent that is necessary to reach the level of nursing home abuse, which involves intentional mistreatment. It is important to point out, however, that nursing home neglect is also common and can cause serious injuries, just like nursing home abuse.
Nursing Home Abuse: The Tell-Tale Signs
Loved ones should always be aware of the possible signs of nursing home abuse, and there are specific signs that you should always pay attention to, including:
- Injuries that happen in bed, including asphyxiation
- Unexplained injuries, including cuts, fractures, welts, and bruises
- Various wounds in various stages of healing
- Unexplained changes in mood or personality, such as suddenly becoming withdrawn or agitated or exhibiting fear of being touched
- Unexplained infections, including sexually-transmitted diseases
- A sudden tendency to wander
- Hesitancy speaking in the presence of a nursing home staff member or administrator
- Fearfulness of staff members or people in general
You know your aging loved one better than the staff and administration at the nursing home possibly can, which leaves you well-positioned to notice any signs, symptoms, or evidence that abuse may be happening. Trust your instincts on this, and always err on the side of caution when it comes to the health and well-being of your aging relative.
Nursing Home Abuse Can Take Many Forms
When you think about nursing home abuse, physical abuse likely comes to mind, but that’s far from the end of the matter. In fact, nursing home abuse can be physical, financial, emotional, and/or sexual in nature and can include all of the following:
- Assault and battery, such as kicking, slapping, pushing, pinching, shaking, and more
- Sexual assault, including rape
- Threats, beratement, and other forms of verbal abuse
- Withholding necessary medical care
- Withholding food and/or water
- Unnecessary physical and/or chemical restraint
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Cumming Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
Nursing home abuse is especially painful to witness. This is why the dedicated Forsyth County nursing home abuse attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland commit their practice to aggressively advocating for the rights and the rightful compensation of the abused. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 today.