Nursing home neglect is what some experts call “the silent epidemic.” Many patients in assisted living facilities cannot voice their troubles for fear of revenge from those who are supposed to care for them, or, just as often they fail to recognize they are being neglected or abused.
Neglect is a particular term used to describe the failure of a person or organization to provide the care a reasonable person in the same situation would provide. Although nursing home neglect and abuse in California can take many forms, some of the most common types include:
- Failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter
- Failure to provide assistance in personal hygiene
- Failure to care for physical and mental health conditions
- Failure to conform to health and safety standards
- Failure to report conditions that are detrimental to health
All too often those innocent individuals who turn to these California care facilities for help living their daily lives face neglect, abuse, abandonment by the very people and nursing home institutions they trusted to help them. If you or someone you know is a victim of nursing home neglect or elder abuse in California you must take action. A group of dedicated, experienced and compassionate legal professionals is ready to help you through this difficult time and fight to get the justice you deserve. Contact a California elder abuse lawyer or California nursing home abuse attorney at Young & Wallin today.
Because many nursing home residents have limited abilities to communicate, identifying potential abuse requires careful monitoring. Look for the signs of nursing home abuse in your frequent visits to the nursing home or assisted living facility.
Some of the more commonly observed signs include:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Unreasonable physical restraint
- Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water
- Use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with that authorized by the physician
- Giving too much medication
- Not giving needed medication
- Unexplained injuries
- Caretaker cannot adequately explain condition
- Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
- Elder reports of being slapped or mistreated
- Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating
- Forcing an older person to stay in a room
Some of the more commonly observed signs include:
- Physical neglect: disregard for the necessities of daily living
- Medical neglect: lack of care for existing medical problems
- Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, and bed sores
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
- Poor access to medical services
Verbal and emotional abuse
Creating situations harmful to the resident's self-esteem.
Possible signs of verbal or emotional abuse may include resident behavior such as:
- Emotionally upset or agitated
- Extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
- Unusual behavior (sucking, biting, rocking)
- Humiliating, insulting, frightening, threatening or ignoring behavior towards family and friends
- Wanting to be isolated from other people
Other warning signs
Other signs to look for if you think nursing home abuse or negligence has occurred include the following:
- Injuries requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization
- Any incident involving broken bones, especially a fractured hip
- Any injury or death occurring during or shortly after an episode of wandering (including outside the facility) when the staff is not aware that the resident is missing for some period of time
- Heavy medication or sedation
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain without physician or family notification and a change in treatment being provided
- Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
- One nursing home resident injures another resident
- Resident is frequently ill, and the illnesses are not promptly reported to the physician and family
Elder Abuse Lawsuit Information
It is difficult to imagine that there are some who will take advantage of people in vulnerable conditions. Perhaps this is most prevalent in the epidemic of nursing home abuse just now being uncovered across the United States. Innocent elderly people find themselves violated, neglected, and abused.
Abuse of this nature is not only hideous and reprehensible; it is a crime in every sense of the word. If you or someone you love was the victim of nursing home abuse in California you have a right and a duty to take action. Compassionate and dedicate elder abuse lawyers are ready to help you through this difficult time, and will not rest until just is served.
Young & Wallin handle California elder abuse and nursing home abuse and neglect cases throughout the state of California including Southern California elder abuse and nursing home abuse and neglect cases in Bakersfield, Barstow, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Roseville, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Ventura, California. As elder abuse attorneys and nursing home abuse attorneys, we also handle elder abuse and nursing home abuse cases out of state on a case-by-case basis.
If you or a loved one thinks you may have been a victim of elder abuse, nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us immediately.
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