While most of us hope to live long, healthy, purposeful lives, the truth of the matter is that at some point in time our bodies begin to age, our memory begins to fade a bit, and we struggle to keep up with youngsters in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, and so on.
Aging is a natural and beautiful process. It is important to keep our bodies and minds in tip-top shape for as long as possible so that we can appreciate the world around us. There may come a day, though, when we face the difficult decision of placing either ourselves or our loved ones in nursing home facilities.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 3.2 million elderly people resided in nursing homes in 2008. It was found that elders who experienced abuse are 300% more likely to suffer death than those residents who have not been abused in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Elder abuse and neglect are defined as intentional acts by a caregiver, or person in a relationship of trust to an elder, that cause injury or create a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable elder.
With the elder population growing at a rapid rate, it is important to be knowledgeable of the signs of nursing home abuse.
Signs of nursing home abuse
Some signs of nursing home:
-Poor hygiene, soiling, or smell of urine and/or feces
-Unusual cuts, bruising, or bleeding
-Complaints of falls while at the facility
-Presence of infection
–Bedsores, open wounds, or cuts
–Broken or fractured bones
-Weight loss or malnutrition
-Loss of hair
-Burns and abrasions
-Stained or bloody clothing or bedding
-Lethargy or unresponsiveness
-Physical or emotional withdrawal
-Unusual financial transactions
If your you or your loved one has experienced these signs of nursing home abuse, it is important that you seek legal advice in order to learn about your legal rights. Contact our nursing home abuse attorneys today if you believe that you have been the victim of nursing home abuse.