Victims of Physical Abuse in a Nursing Home
Every year, families register their elderly loved ones into nursing homes in hopes that they will live out the rest of their days in peace, cared for by compassionate members of the staff who have their loved one’s best interests in mind. And while this is the case in many nursing homes, abuse, unfortunately, is just as widespread.
Physical abuse is among the worst forms of abuse. Since the elderly, especially those dealing with an illness or a disability, are frail, they are relatively easy to subdue and physically abuse without retaliation. An abusive nursing home staff may use excessive force against a nursing home resident out of frustration, or more disturbingly, a staff member may be hurting a resident out of pure maliciousness. This can be extremely traumatic for the victim, and sadly, in many cases, family members are not even aware of it.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is suffering nursing home abuse, please get in touch with a Louisville, KY nursing home physical abuse lawyer at Thomas Law Offices as soon as possible. We will immediately do everything we can to get your elderly loved one into a safer environment. Then we will use our legal skills and knowledge to bring the perpetrator to justice. Call us today at (877) 955-7001 to discuss your case and your legal options.
What are the Signs of Physical Abuse in the Elderly?
In order to find out whether your elderly loved one is suffering physical abuse or not, you must know what to look for and be observant every time you visit him or her. Check for the following if you suspect something is not right:
- Unexplained bruises, welts, or scars, especially if multiple marks appear symmetrically on two sides of the body
- Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
- Effects of drug overdose or other types of wrongful administration of medications
- Broken eyeglasses or frames
- Rope marks and other signs of forceful restraint
You may not have the opportunity to look for these signs if your elderly loved one refuses to have you examine him or her or a caregiver supervises every visit. If this is the case, then it is almost certain nursing home abuse is taking place, for these are sure signs of abuse in themselves.
How to Prevent Physical Abuse in the Elderly
The moment you sense something is wrong with your elder’s living situation, you should trust your instincts rather than go against your gut and look into the prevention tactics below. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
- If you detect any warning signs that indicate nursing home abuse, make a report.
- Compare the medications your elder received with his or her prescription.
- Make sure the nursing home staff knows you care by visiting and speaking with your elderly loved one on a frequent basis.
- While you should make frequent visitations, try to mix up the schedule; in other words, make your appearances unpredictable. This way, abusive staff is kept on their toes. You may even catch them in the act.
While you can do your part to improve your elder’s situation, the best thing to do is to get him or her out of the abusive nursing home completely. Consult an attorney to learn how you can do this.
Protecting Elders in Kentucky from Physical Abuse
At the Thomas Law Offices, we believe that every individual, especially the elderly, deserves a dignified and comfortable life. Our passionate legal team works hard to enforce this ideal by providing clients with dedicated legal representation. If you have any questions regarding your nursing home abuse case, please contact our Louisville office. We will be glad to give you clear answers, no matter what your concerns may be.
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