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Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
Placing an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a heart-wrenching decision. Millions of families each year have to consider placing a parent or grandparent in a facility where their medical needs and day-to-day living needs can be met. We would like to think that the people with whom we entrust their care will provide the same standard of care we gave, but, sadly, that is often not the case.
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. Research suggests that abused elders tend to die earlier than seniors who are well cared for, even in the absence of life-threatening and chronic conditions.
Types of Elder Abuse
While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of elder abuse, senior citizens are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Some of the more common signs of physical abuse of the elderly are:
Emotional abuse of the elderly may include:
If your elderly loved one has been neglected, you may notice:
If your elderly loved one has been abused in a sexual nature, he or she may suffer from or show:
Financial exploitation is actually the most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly. An unscrupulous caregiver may:
Some of the more common rackets to swindle elders out of their money are announcing they have won a “prize,” phony charities and shady investment opportunities.
If your elderly loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their caretaker, you may have a valid legal claim. Please contact The Homsey Law Center today.
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