If there is one thing that no one deserves to go through, it’s abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to be caring for them. Sadly, many nursing home patients do end up facing abuse from nurses, doctors, aides and other workers in the nursing home.
Abuse in all its forms is about control. The abuser wants to show the victim that they are in control and make the decisions when it comes to their care. That kind of attitude is totally unacceptable in a medical facility. If your loved one is hit, neglected or abused in other ways, then it’s important that you help them change facilities or get somewhere safe. Additionally, you may want to speak with your attorney about making a claim as soon as you can.
Nursing home abuse and the abuse of disabled and older adults is underreported and often goes undetected. Sadly, the abuse of at-risk adults tends to be intentional, which means that it won’t happen in a single instance. Abuse can come in many forms, including:
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
These kinds of abuse have various symptoms and signs, but if your loved one has any kind of unexplained injury, reports abuse to you or seems unlike themselves, it’s time to look into what is going on in the nursing home. You have a right to ask to speak with the director of the facility and to find out the cause of injuries or to report abuse. You can, and should, call 911 if your loved one is in immediate danger or has serious injuries that haven’t been attended to. After this, your attorney can step in and help you file your claim.