Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a heart-wrenching decision for many families. Extensive research and effort is expended in selecting a nursing home facility that suits the individual, provides all the best services and meets all safety standards. Families strive to place their loved ones in a place that is comfortable and caring, and once placement is complete, the family hopes they have made all the right decisions.
Elder abuse is a reality, though, and even in Pennsylvania’s best nursing home facilities, it can occur. If your loved one is a victim, get help from our nursing home abuse attorneys in Pennsylvania at Cordisco & Saile LLC – just dial 215-642-2335.
Types of Elder Abuse
Nursing home staff, as well as other residents, can commit elder abuse. There are multiple ways in which a nursing home resident can be harmed. Be aware of these types of abuse and watch for potential warning signs that your loved one is in danger.
- Neglect: There are times when nursing home staff fails to provide appropriate care to a resident. This is a dangerous type of abuse because many residents in nursing homes need assistance with bathing, dressing and/or eating. Neglect can result in malnourishment, weight loss and physical injuries. Be on the lookout for unexplained weight loss, bruises or other injuries resulting from frequent falls, extreme hunger, soiled clothing or bedding, and any other lack of hygiene.
- Physical abuse: Staff and/or other residents can commit physical abuse. Hitting, pushing, pinching or other forms of physical violence are possible types of abuse in a nursing home. Watch for any type of physical injuries sustained by the resident and always ask for an explanation of the incident that caused the injury. Ask your loved one how the injury occurred, and ask staff for documentation of the incident.
- Financial abuse: Staff and/or other residents can take advantage of vulnerable residents and/or steal from them. Staff may charge false fees for services; other residents may steal credit cards or checkbooks; or someone may convince your loved one to sign over valuable property or belongings. Be wary of any large purchases the resident makes, any strange withdrawals from bank accounts, and any changes in wills or trusts.
- Sexual abuse: Some nursing home residents have been victims of sexual abuse by staff members and other residents. Torn underwear, unexplained bruising, especially in the genital region, and sexually transmitted diseases might be signs of sexual abuse.
What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, take action immediately. Consider relocation until you can be sure that the situation has been resolved. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. Also inform the police of your suspicions or any evidence of the abuse.
Inform the facility of your concerns and report nursing home complaints to your local area’s Agency on Aging. Or call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 800-254-5164 for help.
Call Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Pennsylvania for Legal Help
In addition to ensuring your loved one’s immediate safety and reporting the abuse to the proper authorities, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers in Pennsylvania. You may be able to recover damages that your loved one has suffered because of the abuse.
Cordisco & Saile LLC can help determine the best course of action to protect your loved one and recover damages. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation with our nursing home neglect lawyers in Pennsylvania.