Call 405.843.9923 | 800.845.9923

The Homsey Law Center of Oklahoma City will be by your side for all of your legal needs.

"by your side" - Since 1974

Free Consultation - 405.843.9923 | 800.845.9923

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:

 

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts or broken bones
  • Torn or bloody clothing

 

Emotional abuse of the elderly may include:

 

  • Intimidation through yelling and threats
  • Humiliation
  • Ignoring the patient
  • Isolating the patient from other residents and/or activities
  • Mocking the patient

 

If your elderly loved one has been neglected, you may notice:

 

  • Medications not being administered or administered improperly
  • Soiled clothing or bed linens
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Malnourished/dehydration

 

If your elderly loved one has been abused in a sexual nature, he or she may suffer from or show:

 

  • Bleeding around the genital or anal area
  • Venereal disease
  • Bloody undergarments
  • Bruises around the breast/genital region

 

Financial exploitation is actually the most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly. An unscrupulous caregiver may:

 

  • Misuse of the elder’s checks, bank accounts, or credit cards
  • Steal money, steal checks, or steal belongings
  • Forge signatures
  • Steal the patient’s identity

 

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.

Free Case Review

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

Captcha Image
  •    Get A Free Consultation   |   Sign up for a Complimentary Case Review

    I am interested in scheduling a free legal consultation and receiving additional information.

    Submitting Form...

    The server encountered an error.

    Form received.

    * We will never share or sell your email address or phone number.

© 2015 Homsey Law Center. All Rights Reserved.     |       Privacy Policy/Disclaimer