Nursing home abuse can come in many forms: it may manifest physically, sexually or financially. Neglect, while perhaps not as blatant, occurs when a patient's vital needs, including receiving proper nutrition and hydration, are ignored by the employees who are supposed to be providing essential care.
If you have a loved one placed in the care of a nursing home or senior living center, you should be aware of all of the risks of potential mistreatment so you will be able to recognize and address the signs right away. If you witness instances of abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys; we proudly serve all of Kentucky.
Understanding the Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Mental abuse within a nursing home creates agitation, depression and other behavioral changes in a patient. This type of abuse can be recognized by keeping track of any unusual behaviors or your loved one's unwillingness to communicate openly when you visit.
Physical abuse is more obviously noticeable. For this reason, keep track of any wounds or abrasions, even burns that cannot be linked directly to a patient's illness or explained by the staff.
Exploitation or financial abuse occurs when a patient's property or money has either been sold unjustly or stolen. In some cases there can also be radical changes in how a patient's finances are handled and/or monitored.
Understanding Nursing Home Neglect & Recognizing Its Signs
Many instances of neglect are attributed to inexperienced staff members. If a staff member is unable or inadequately trained to handle various situations, he or she may neglect a patient (it can be intentional or unintentional). If neglect continues or goes unreported, it will go on and could get worse.
In some cases neglect, your loved one may exhibit the following conditions, which are signs of mistreatment:
- dehydration; and
In other cases, when staff members neglect patients, falls and severe injuries can occur.
If you have reason to believe that a loved one is being abused or neglected, contact our nursing home abuse attorneys right away to learn more about how Kentucky law protects your rights.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.