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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Explained by Our Experienced Lawyers in Jackson, MS

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 healthcare facility, it can be heart-wrenching. The last thing anyone wants to learn is that their trust was misplaced, and that their loved one was harmed in a place where they were supposed to be safe.

At Williams Newman Williams, our Jackson attorneys fight for clients 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 some 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, such as:

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

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 one’s 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 Jackson lawyers.

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