Everyone hopes to be treated with care and respect in old age – not to mention that everyone deserves to be treated with care and respect in old age.
While it is never an easy decision to make, sometimes admitting a loved one to a nursing home is the best way to ensure that he or she receives the specialized treatment needed to make life more comfortable – sometimes it is the only answer.
As more of our parents enter nursing homes,reports of neglect, abuse and exploitation continue to increase. Our elderly parents are often unable to care for themselves, especially if these have Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and unfortunately this makes them prime candidates for a variety of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
We entrust nursing homes with our loved ones and expect them to be treated well. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sadly, sometimes the elderly in nursing homes become victims of abuse. Whether direct or indirect, emotional or physical, nursing home abuse can insidiously hurt those that we love most.
Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, or even sexual. A victim’s reaction can range from withdrawal to violence. It is important to monitor your loved one’s situation when they are in a nursing home. There are a number of signs and symptoms that indicate abuse or neglect, including:
- Becoming lethargic, withdrawn, and/or depressed
- Personal hygiene and condition of his or her room
- Is he or she malnourished or dehydrated?
- Do you see bed sores, bruises, cuts?
- Listen to your loved one
Nursing home abuse can be devastating. If your loved one experienced this, you have every right to be upset. You have every right to feel hurt and angry. Take action; your loved one deserves to be treated better. Be his or her advocate and demand justice.
Hold health care providers responsible for nursing home abuse by contacting the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. Time is of the essence. Protecting elderly loved ones is the right thing to do.