Elders in nursing homes have certain rights. Under Kentucky law, those rights include — but are not limited to — the right to be treated with dignity and respect; the right to privacy, confidentiality, and personal possessions; the right to receive or refuse visitors; the right to be informed of their rights, as well as facility regulations; the right to participate in their own care; and, of course, the right to present grievances and file complaints without reprisal.
Cut-and-dry as those rights are, half a million seniors experience elder abuse every year. Abuse might be physical, evidenced by bruises, burns, scars, or broken bones. It might also be emotional. In many cases, elders are humiliated and degraded in disreputable nursing homes. Elders can also be forced or misled into providing personal information, leading to identity theft and other kinds of financial abuse. And while uncommon, sexual abuse is present in some facilities.
But the most common form of elder abuse, especially in nursing homes and other care facilities, is neglect. Nursing homes are often understaffed, meaning the few employees that are present are overworked. When that happens, it becomes impossible for the facility to provide even an adequate level of care. Elders can become sick, suffer emotional trauma, and even wander away from the facility altogether — without anyone knowing.
Families of abused elders are entitled to take legal action. When you suspect something is amiss, remove your family member from the situation immediately. Then, get the facts. Document as much evidence as possible, write down everything that happened or happens, and hold onto documents you receive from the facility. Provide your attorney with this information so they can provide you and your family with justice for the wrongs suffered.
To get in touch with a Louisville, KY elder abuse lawyer who can tell you about what legal options you have available to you, contact Thomas Law Offices today. Our compassionate attorneys can help you through this troubled time.