If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility, you’ve probably
been made aware of the dangers of
nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Perhaps well-meaning friends have encouraged you to be
wary, or you stumbled across frightening news stories about elder abuse
in care facilities. The truth is, you are right to be cautious and aware.
The statistics on elder abuse in care facilities throughout the United
States are frightening. It’s important to know about these dangers
and to be aware of the signs of elder abuse so you can protect your loved ones.
What Does Elder Abuse Mean?
There are different types of elder abuse, but overall this term encompasses
any type of willful and intentional, or grossly negligent, behavior toward
an elderly person. This particularly includes elderly individuals whose
health or physical weakness leaves them vulnerable and reliant on the
care of others.
Some specific forms of elder abuse include:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Gross neglect
What Should I Watch For?
There are more than two million men and women living in long-term, elder
care facilities in America today. For these vulnerable members of society,
abuse can be life-threatening. That’s why there are laws against
elder abuse and neglect in all 50 states. Unfortunately, this isn’t
enough to end the problem completely. It is necessary that you take action
to protect your loved one by staying aware and alert to the signs of abuse
Some signs of elder abuse include:
Physical symptoms, including torn or bloody clothing, dehydration, weight loss, malnutrition
evidenced by sudden weight gain or weight loss, bed sores / pressure ulcers,
fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, frequent illnesses, unexplained hospitalizations,
Emotional symptoms, including increased fearfulness, shyness, timidity, anger, evident agitation,
Behavioral symptoms, including changes in personality or disposition, fear or discomfort around
a particular staff member, heated arguments with caretakers, reluctance
to talk when caretakers are present, increased preference to be alone,
development of behavioral tics or other unusual habits such as rocking
or biting, recoil from touch, lessened communication, and increased wandering
Financial symptoms including sudden changes to the will, missing valuables, and unexplained
use of funds or cash withdrawals
What Should I Do if I Believe My Loved One Is a Victim of Abuse?
If your loved one has been hurt in a nursing home or other elder care facility,
or by a live-in caretaker, it’s important to take action. The first
thing to do is to get your loved one out of that dangerous situation.
Then, you need to contact the proper authorities. In most cases, the first
agency you will need to contact is Adult Protective Services (APS).
Click here for a state-by-state directory of helplines and hotlines, as well as resources
for elder abuse prevention. It is also a good idea to speak with a Jacksonville
nursing home injury lawyer about your case.
Our Injury Attorney Can Help
At our law firm, we provide representation for the victims of elder abuse
/ nursing home abuse and for their families.Our Jacksonville personal
injury attorney can help you discover the right course of action to take
in order to protect your loved one’s rights and dignity.
For a free consultation with our team at Jack Andreas Krumbein, Attorney at Law,
call our office in Jacksonville at (904) 474-3974. We are also able to provide representation to Spanish