Nursing Home Abuse Conyers
Has your loved one been behaving strangely when you visit him or her in the nursing home? If you observe emotional or behavioral changes—especially a tendency to be withdrawn, fearful behavior or crying, this may be cause for concern. Furthermore, do you see any infected bed sores or bruises on him or her?
Elder neglect, or nursing home negligence, can come in the form of physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse. 1 in 10 people are abused or neglected each year. Unfortunately, since many residents suffer from memory loss and/or dementia, some of these abusive behaviors are challenging to prove, especially when the elder resident doesn’t have the ability to communicate.
According to a survey conducted by The National Center on Elder Abuse, elders who experienced abuse had a 300% higher risk of death than those who had not. However, abuse is rarely reported to the police, often because residents fear retaliation.
Physical abuse can manifest itself in a number of injuries, and the skin of elders is often more susceptible to bruising, infection and scarring. It can also include deprivation of food, water and basic care, including medications and treatments.
Emotional/psychological elder abuse can include:
- Verbal threats
- Isolation from other residents
- Mocking the resident in front of others
- Ignoring or otherwise neglecting the resident for long periods of time
Emotional abuse can be committed by staff members of a nursing home, as well as volunteers and family members of the residents themselves. Unfortunately, caregivers in nursing homes hold power over the elderly residents as they are responsible for their daily care. Consequently, residents might fear that revealing abuse will lead to a lack of care. Signs of elder neglect can include unexplained injuries, mood swings, depression, poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions.
Signs and symptoms of elder abuse:
- Withdrawn behavior from previously personable individuals
- Teeth grinding
- Lack of nutrition
- Unwillingness to speak about daily life
Family members should regularly check in on elderly relatives so that behavioral changes will be evident from visits. If your loved one is found to be a victim of abuse, he or she should be removed from the nursing home immediately.
MG Law is prepared to do everything we can to get to the bottom of your nursing home neglect case and get the compensation you need.
While neglect might seem challenging for you to prove, we at MG Law are up to the challenge, not simply because we excel at our jobs, but because your loved ones’ safety is paramount to us.