Although we trust nursing homes to provide our loved ones with the care they need during their later stages of life, some of these facilities fail to uphold their responsibilities and neglect or abuse the residents in their care.
Elder abuse occurs more frequently than most people think. In fact, statistics show that there are more than 2 million reported cases of elder abuse each year, and 1 out of 10 elderly people will suffer elder abuse in their lifetime.
How to Spot Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. From physical abuse to emotional abuse, it is important to be able to spot the signs of abuse and neglect at a caregiving facility. These signs include:
- Broken bones and sprains that can’t be explained
- Sudden appearance of bruises scars and welts
- Missing medications and prescriptions
- Odd behavior when the elder is around certain caregivers or staff
- Unsanitary living conditions and changes in personal hygiene
- The elderly individual appears to be malnourished
- STDs or genital infections that the elder doesn’t have an explanation for
Nursing home residents are also the target of theft schemes. Because caregivers spend substantial amounts of time with elderly residents, they are sometimes able to gain the elder’s trust and manipulate them into giving them money. Signs of financial exploitation include:
- Sudden changes in power of attorney
- Bizarre subscriptions to services the elderly person doesn’t normally have an interest in
- Large withdrawals from bank accounts
- Adding a caregiver who they haven’t known very long to their will
If you have a loved one who is living at nursing home, you should stop by often to check up on them and see if the staff is providing them with adequate care. Frequently interacting with and observing your loved one in their nursing home will help you spot when something doesn’t seem right.
Our Sapulpa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help You
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we are here to provide you with the skilled and knowledgeable representation that you need to fight for the compensation and justice you or your loved one deserve. If you suspect that an elderly person you know is suffering abuse or being neglected by their caregivers, you should immediately reach out to our legal team.
Call (918) 721-0998 today to schedule your free initial consultation with our Sapulpa nursing home abuse attorneys today.