Help protect your loved ones from nursing home abuse, neglect

For many among the elderly, the decision to enter a nursing home or similar assisted care facility can be extremely difficult. It may represent for them an irretrievable loss of freedom and independence, and an admission that they are no longer able to care for themselves.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals sometimes choose to take advantage of this vulnerability, either through active abuse or passive neglect. According to a 2003 study, between one and two million elders have been abused or neglected by caregivers.

There are a number of signs that may point to nursing home abuse or neglect. These include:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bedsores, cuts, burns or bruises
  • Lethargy
  • Evidence of poor hygiene, such as urine or fecal odors
  • Soiled clothing
  • Missing money or personal items
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Changes in personality

Nursing homes and other assisted care facilities bear a legal obligation to provide a safe, sanitary environment for residents. If you are concerned about the condition of a loved one currently residing in a nursing home, it is important to remain vigilant and seek the advice of a qualified attorney.