WARNING SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE
The decision to place a loved one in an elder care facility such as a nursing home is rarely reached easily. Often, a great deal of the decision making process concerns finding the most attentive and caring facility available. However, no matter how much time and effort anyone puts into their search, instances of nursing home abuse continue to occur, and they go seemingly unnoticed by even the most acute eyes.
If you suspect that your loved one is being treated wrongfully – sexually, physically, emotionally, financially, or negligently – then you undoubtedly have many worries and concerns. At the forefront of you mind may be the looming question as to whether or not your suspicions of abuse are valid. Therefore, we have compiled a list of signs to look for when attempting to discern if abusive behavior is actually occurring.
Looking at Certain Symptoms
Abuse can take shape physically as well as emotionally and sexually, but it is the physical symptoms that will most clearly manifest in the elderly who are being abused. Broken bones, open wounds, and scars that did not exist prior to a person's stay in a nursing home are some of the most prominent signs of abuse. These are usually good indications that mistreatment is occurring at the care facility. Along with visible physical symptoms, it will also be important to pay attention to any new habits of withdrawal, embarrassment, or intimidation.
These could be warnings that sexual abuse or negligent inattention are being inflicted onto the residents of nursing homes. Furthermore, weight loss and lack of hygienic upkeep could be signs that an elderly individual is being neglected by their care facility provider. If this list of warning signs further confirms your belief that abusive behavior is occurring, then it is imperative that you contact our firm.
Gaining the Necessary Protection
Even with a list of warning signs, it can be difficult to determine that abuse is taking place at a nursing home facility. Therefore, the team at Robert Sparks Attorneys is here to help. We know what to look for when it comes to instances of elder abuse, whether it is physical, verbal, or sexual, and we are prepared to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case in order to reach a conclusion. An elderly loved one may be more than reluctant to discuss the abuses they have been put through at their care home; this is sometimes due to care provider threats and sometimes due to shame and embarrassment. Whatever the reason, it certainly makes it more difficult to get to the bottom of things.
In any instance of abuse or suspected mistreatment, an attorney from our firm can help you contact the nursing home administrator to inform them of your concerns. We can connect you with Florida state contacts that will help ensure that a complaint is filed and nursing home maintenance is properly regulated. We will review your case and offer you our professional opinion on how the matter should proceed from here on out. Many people tend to doubt their instincts when it comes to feelings of suspicion, but this is not the time to do so. In fact, just the opposite could be said. It is always best to trust your inclinations and attempt to make sure that everything possible is done to prevent a negative case outcome, and we are here to help you do just that. Take your first step today by contacting us.