Nursing Home Abuse ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nursing Home Abuse

With so many elderly citizens residing in nursing homes, reports of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and exploitation continue to increase. Abuse of the elderly is a tragedy that is preventable in most cases. There are a number of signs and symptoms that indicate abuse or neglect. For instance, if you notice that a loved one in a nursing home is acting irrationally, take note. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional or even sexual. A victim's reaction can range from withdrawal to violence. Also, take note if your loved one becomes extremely lethargic, withdrawn or depressed. Such reactions are not uncommon in abuse situations. Check the personal hygiene and condition of the room. Pay close attention to whether your loved one seems malnourished or dehydrated. Look at his or her skin condition. Take note of whether bed sores have developed. Most importantly, listen to your loved one. Take all complaints seriously. If you believe abuse or neglect has occurred to someone you know or love, contact us immediately. Simply put, you will need an aggressive compassionate lawyer on your side.
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