Nursing home abuse and neglect are a serious concern. Although regulations of care facilities have increased, abuse by staff members — or even other residents — is a problem.
According to the National Institutes of Health, national ombudsman received an annual average of 11,749 abuse and neglect-related complaints in nursing homes from 2006 to 2013. Such claims are trending down, but are still commonly reported. Physical abuse by a non-resident was the most frequently reported, making up 28 percent of total complaints.
Abuse can take many forms: physical, sexual, mental or emotional, and financial. In many cases, this abuse and neglect doesn’t come to the families’ attention until a resident is injured and their physical and mental well-being is in danger.
Nursing home abuse and neglect may go unnoticed, not because family members do not care, but because they do not know how to spot the signs that something’s wrong. Here are some of the most common signs that a loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect:
Families who hear about the abuse of a loved one may not know what to do. If you, or another family member, feel that your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact us to speak to one of our experienced attorneys. We will help report the issue to the proper authorities, and we’ll gather information to assist in the investigation and prepare a claim against the owners and operators of the nursing home.
You can also take the following action:
Nursing home residents have the right to appropriate care. If your loved one appears to be suffering the consequences of nursing home abuse or neglect, get an attorney on your side who can help you protect him or her. Talk to our team to find out how.