Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

It is hard to trust others to care for our loved ones. When the time comes to place an aging parent or disabled loved one into a nursing home or another health care facility, it can be heart wrenching. The last thing anyone wants to learn is that his or her trust was misplaced, and that his or her loved one was harmed in a place he or she was supposed to be safe.

At Williams Newman Williams PLLC, our Jackson nursing home abuse attorneys assist clients from throughout central Mississippi. We help them to resolve legal matters involving nursing home abuse and neglect. If you are concerned that your loved one is being neglected or abused at a nursing home, assisted living center, group home, or another care facility, we can investigate your concerns and take any necessary actions on your behalf.

Is It Elder Abuse? Is It Neglect? Physical Signs On Vulnerable Adults.

It is not always possible for people to visit their loved ones every day, or even every week. You may be too busy raising a family or maintaining a career to be available so frequently. You may live out of state or in a different city.

This doesn't mean you are powerless to have an effect on your loved one's medical care. Many dramatic, and even subtle, changes in a loved one's condition or demeanor may indicate a natural progression of a disease or the aging process. But many changes are warning signs that your loved one may not be receiving the level of care he or she deserves.

Signs of nursing home or assisted living abuse are sometimes dismissed as side effects of old age or dementia. Since this is not always the case, it is important that you recognize the signs of mistreatment and act upon them:

  • Suspicious injuries, including bruises, burns, open wounds
  • Bedsores
  • Bone fractures, sprains, bruises, burns, cuts or abrasions
  • Injuries attributed to falls
  • Agitation or fear around certain staff members
  • Perception of being drugged or "out of it" due to medication errors
  • Physical pain, bleeding or soreness in private places
  • Loss of weight, drawn features due to malnutrition or dehydration
  • Unusual lethargy or apparent depression
  • Use of physical or chemical restraints
  • Unsanitary or unclean physical condition
  • Serious injury or wrongful death due to a medication overdose

What About Financial Abuse?

Nursing home patients are in a confined environment in which they see the same people day after day. It is not unheard of for employees or fellow patients to steal items from patients or to compel them — either through persuasion or intimidation — to give them money or property.

If you notice items missing from your loved ones' room, rings missing from fingers, significant unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, changes to the will, or other suspicious activities, it is wise to report it to police and to contact our lawyers.

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Protect your loved ones and FIGHT FOR WHAT'S RIGHT: contact us online or by calling 601-208-0343 or 800-558-4208 toll free. We offer a free initial consultation to each prospective client. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not charge you unless we collect financial compensation for you.