How To Know If Your Loved One is Suffering From Abuse In A Nursing Home?
Watching someone you love get hurt by someone’s malice or negligence is heartbreaking. These situations are even more challenging when harm is coming from people who are supposed to be helping. Unfortunately, this is the reality for countless families and individuals across the country. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that nearly “one in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse.” This staggering statistic means that, on average, five million elder Americans face some form of neglect – or even worse, outright mistreatment. And some studies suggest that only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. One of the reasons that an elder abuse claim may not be reported is that it can sometimes be difficult to spot the signs before it’s too late. Abuse can occur in many different ways, in the home or in care facilities, and at the hand of various people in an elder’s life. Because of this, it’s important to know the signs of abuse so that you can take action when action is necessary.
Some Of The Common Signs Of Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Abuse Can Include…
You can spot hygienic neglect in the form of skin infections and irritation, dental rot, bed sores, and more.
Malnutrition and Dehydration:
Nutritional neglect often results in severe weight loss, sallow skin, and cognitive problems.
Improper Medical Care:
Medical abuse most commonly occurs when caregivers don’t administer medication correctly.
If this is happening to someone you know, you see changes in mood, increased pain or lethargy, and severe cognitive decline.
When physical abuse occurs, you may start to see new bruises, cuts, and scrapes.
You may also notice a new tendency for the elder to show signs of reclusive behavior as they suffer from the emotional aspects of being mistreated.
If an elder is being neglected, they may suffer falls and other injuries that could have been prevented with proper care.
If you notice that someone is getting injured often, or that they have sustained a preventable injury, it may be cause to take a closer look at the situation.
An Elder Abuse Attorney From Our Firm Can Help
Regardless of how subtle or obvious the symptoms of neglect may be, it’s critical that victims of abuse have an advocate on their side. If someone you love is suffering from mistreatment, it’s important to know that you are not alone. By working with an attorney who specializes in California elder abuse law, you can find the legal support you need to protect the people who need you. Our firm offers a comprehensive suite of services geared to support our clients across Camarillo, Woodland Hills, and Ojai, California. At Adams & Associates, we specialize in California elder abuse law. We are prepared to draw from a wide range of strategies to ensure that you see the best possible outcome for your case.
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Financial Elder Abuse | Scams | Abuse By Close Family | Abuse By Caregivers | Skilled Nursing Facilities | Neglect | And More…
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