We try hard to take care of our loved ones as they age. As much as we would love to be able to do it ourselves, there are times when their care reaches a point where we just cannot do it alone. When that happens, we often have to consider nursing home options.
When we have to put our loved ones in a home, we do our best to choose a reputable and professional one. We meet with the staff and ensure they are capable. Unfortunately, there are some people who work in nursing homes who abuse the elderly. Often, the abuse is not obvious at first.
What are your options if you suspect your loved one is being abused in a nursing home?
If you need a Drexel Hill nursing home abuse attorney, you can count on the Weitz Firm to be by your side. We believe that the elderly deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and will work to hold their abusers accountable.
There is often no easy way to detect nursing home abuse, as each case is different. There are many types of elder abuse to be on the lookout for.
The CDC defines elder abuse as “intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a serious risk of harm to an older adult.”
We want to look at the main types of elder abuse.
More and more, we are seeing the elderly being taken advantage of financially. The staff that works at a nursing home has access to confidential personal information for all of their residents and can use this to access their bank accounts, credit cards, as well as steal their identity.
There are times when nursing home staff will charge a patient’s insurance for procedures, medications, and therapy that they do not actually provide.
Nursing home personnel are required to care for the residents under their watch. If they fail to bathe, properly clothe, provide food, or give medications, they are being negligent in their duties.
There have been too many cases of nursing home staff actually physically abusing the people in their care. Sometimes, this even extends to sexual abuse. Elderly people often have no way to fight back and no way to report these incidents. There is nothing worse than this kind of abuse happening to the people in our society who need the most care.
No abuse in a nursing home setting is acceptable. Nursing home personnel have a very hard job, but that does not mean they can take advantage of the people under their care. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of abuse at their nursing home, contact law enforcement immediately. Then seek legal assistance.