Making the decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be heart-wrenching. Millions of families each year must consider placing a parent or grandparent in a facility where their medical and day-to-day living needs can be met. Although we would like to think, and often we are led to believe, that the people with whom we entrust our loved one’s care will provide the same standard of care that was given by the family, sadly, often that is not the case.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming an epidemic in the United States. Each year in the United States, an estimated 2.1 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse. What is even more shocking is that for every case of nursing home abuse and neglect that is reported, there may be as many as five more cases that go unreported. While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of elder abuse, senior citizens are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect:
- Assault and battery (including kicking, slapping, pinching, pushing, shaking, beating, threats and verbal or emotional abuse)
- Lack of care for existing medical problems
- Prolonged or continual deprivation of food and/or water
- Rape or other forms of sexual assault or battery
- Unreasonable physical restraint or seclusion
- Use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with that authorized by a physician
Common Signs of Physical or Verbal Abuse and Neglect
- Bed injuries/asphyxiation
- Emotionally upset or agitated
- Extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
- Falls, fractures or head injuries
- Instances of wandering/elopement
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain; signs of malnutrition
- Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
- Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
- Unexplained injuries such as wounds, cuts, bruises or welts in various stages of healing
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Unusual or sudden changes in behavior (fear of being touched, sucking, biting, rocking)
- Wanting to be isolated from others
Other Warning Signs of Physical or Verbal Abuse and Neglect
- Injuries requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization
- Any incident involving broken bones, especially a fractured hip
- Any injury or death occurring during or shortly after an episode of wandering (including outside the facility)
- Heavy medication or sedation
- One resident injures another resident
- Resident is frequently ill, and the illnesses are not promptly reported to the physician and family
If you or a loved one suffered injury, abuse or even death while in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, please call us. We may be able to help. We are sympathetic to your experience and can provide compassionate consultation regarding possible next steps for your family.
We can thoroughly investigate your case to determine if there was neglect or abuse that led to your injuries or loss of a loved one. We pursue professional negligence lawsuits involving nursing homes and assisted-living providers, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you. No payment is required until compensation is collected on your behalf.
The Preuss | Foster Law is experienced, supportive and determined to provide brighter futures for those hurt by nursing homes and providers that value profit over safety. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to healing starts today.
Preuss | Foster Law has offices in Missouri and Kansas. We serve clients in all areas of Missouri, including the Kansas City and St. Louis metro area, Columbia, Springfield, Sedalia, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin. We also serve clients throughout the state of Kansas, including Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita, Salina and Manhattan. Call us today for your complimentary consultation.