The elderly comprise one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. While many treat the elderly with respect, others exploit this vulnerability in a variety of ways when acting as healthcare workers or elderly care providers. It is extremely unfortunate that over 250,000 elderly adults are believed neglected or abused every year, according to information provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of course, it is not always easy to spot abuse or neglect in the nursing home. Your loved one may be too embarrassed or afraid to speak out. The following provides some of the warning signs of nursing home abuse as well as what steps you can take to put an end to it and recover damages in Bristol.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
The warning signs of nursing home abuse may vary depending on the type – physical abuse or sexual abuse – and severity.
According to information from the Administration on Aging, some common warning signs of elder abuse include:
- poor hygiene or lack of appropriate clothing.
- sudden decrease in weight.
- lack of necessary medical supplies.
- unexplained bruises, fractures, burns or other injuries.
- untreated sores or pressure ulcers.
- or, residence in a poorly equipped long-term care facility.
Additionally, lack of supervision can also constitute elder neglect. Caregivers must provide and supervise the elderly patient, and leaving the patient alone for extended periods of time, or without adequate supplies, can be a sign of abuse.
With this, if your loved one has experienced a sudden change in financial circumstances, this may also highlight abuse. Some caregivers exploit elderly patients by convincing them to sign over bank accounts or other financial assets, using coercive or abusive methods.
Reporting Elder Abuse
If you suspect elder abuse has occurred, the first step to putting an end to it is by removing your loved one from the situation. Once the elderly individual is safe and has received medical treatment for any injuries, report the instance of elder abuse to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging by calling its hotline: 800-490-8505. This hotline is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and reports of elder abuse can remain anonymous.
Call a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney to Pursue Compensation
Keeping your loved one safe and reporting the abuse or neglect are two important steps, but this may still leave your loved one with serious injuries that require costly medical treatment; if financial exploitation occurred, your loved one may no longer possess adequate funds to provide for the future.
Contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC in Bristol. We believe that elderly patients should be treated with the utmost respect in the nursing home, and we can help you file a claim to recover compensation for any damages incurred as a result of abuse or neglect. Contact us today at 215-642-2335 to discuss the specifics of your case and to learn how you can begin pursuing legal action.