When we select a nursing home for our parents or grandparents to live in, we do so with a certain expectation that they will be treated with respect and dignity. Unfortunately, not every nursing home provides its residents with the proper care. Spotting nursing home abuse from a distance is not always easy, so it is important to understand common signs. If you believe that your loved one was abused or neglected, seek justice and damages with the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer. Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Provo, UT, has built a reputation in the community for providing personal, compassionate legal services. Email the firm or call (801) 370-0505 to schedule a consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse: An Overview
It is difficult for many of us to give our parents and grandparents the care they deserve. Between work and raising children, it can be impossible to balance everyone’s needs. Further, many of us simply do not have the space. When we entrust a long-term care facility with the health and well-being of our loved ones, we expect top-notch care. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is shockingly prevalent and takes the form of physical, emotional, and financial abuse, to name a few. This abuse is devastating not only for the victim but for those who love them the most.
Our attorneys fight for victims and their families to receive not only fair compensation, but also respect and kindness.
Nursing home abuse takes many shapes, including:
- Physical Abuse – Physical abuse can include hitting, shoving, kicking, forcefully restraining, confining, and sexually abusing a victim.
- Emotional Abuse – Emotional abuse typically involves yelling, threatening, humiliating, ridiculing, isolating, and assigning blame to a victim.
- Neglect – Neglect is the active or passive failure to provide food, water, clothing, medication, and other items necessary for the health and well-being of the resident.
- Financial Abuse – Financial abuse can involve misusing or stealing credit cards, checks, bank accounts, cash, physical property, and a victim’s identity.
Signs of Neglect and Abuse
Many abuse victims feel frightened to speak out while others cannot speak at all. Keep an eye out for certain signs, including:
Nursing home staff are expected to help residents maintain good personal hygiene. Many residents require assistance in brushing their teeth, bathing, and getting dressed. Those who are neglected will often exhibit poor hygiene.
Residents can be malnourished when the nursing home is understaffed or an employee is purposefully neglectful. Look out for weight loss, as this is a common indicator of malnourishment.
Unexplained fractures, bumps, and bruises point to potential physical abuse, such as hitting, kicking, and pushing.
Part of the staff’s job is to ensure that residents stay active, if they are able. If you notice a loss of mobility, it may not be aging. Instead, it could be a result of being left in bed for a prolonged period of time.
Understanding Nursing Home Liability
When is a nursing home liable for abuse? Common causes include:
- Being Understaffed – Residents may be neglected because there are simply not enough caretakers available.
- Hiring Unqualified or Dangerous Candidates – Qualifications matter. When a nursing home fails to conduct a proper background check, they could wind up hiring someone with a record of abuse.
- Lack of Proper Training – It is incumbent upon the nursing home to train their employees to handle any situation safely and efficiently.
- Medication Errors – Many nursing home residents take numerous medications to treat multiple ailments. Providing them with the proper dosage at the proper time is critical in avoiding a potential tragedy.
Protect Your Family's Well-Being
If you believe a loved one has been abused at their nursing home, the personal injury attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help. We strive to ensure that victims and their families receive not only fair compensation, but also respect and kindness. Contact us online or by calling (801) 370-0505 today to learn how we can help.