NURSING HOME ABUSE
Nursing homes can be a wonderful place for the elderly, disabled, impaired and mentally ill members of our society to live a comfortable life and receive the care they need. Most of these facilities are safe, clean, and professionally maintained to provide their residents with the best care possible. Unfortunately, some of these nursing homes take advantage of their residents, subjecting them to abuse and neglect. This type of abuse is especially abhorrent because the residents of these facilities are vulnerable, unable to take a stand, and unable to speak up out of fear.
The elderly, ill, and mentally disabled are susceptible to both physical and sexual abuse. As disturbing as it may sound, these residents of nursing homes have been subjected to hitting, kicking, burn injuries, restraint, improper medication dosage, and malnourishment. Though the managers of nursing home facilities are responsible for monitoring their staff, physical abuse is still a threat to the residents. Sexual abuse such as forced sex, forced nudity, groping, rape, and explicit photographs has also been reported. This gross physical and sexual abuse by staff members or other residents does happen, and it should not be tolerated on any level.
SIGNS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect can save your loved ones and other residents from continued abuse. Maintaining regular contact and frequent visits is crucial to ensuring your loved ones are receiving proper treatment from the facility. You should immediately contact an attorney if you recognize any of the following signs of abuse or neglect:
- Visible malnourishment
- Smell of urine or feces
- Rashes and lesions
- Improper dress
- Unsafe or unsanitary living conditions