• Oct
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    Knowing The Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

    Knowing When You Need to Call a Lawyer for Help

    If you are the adult child, spouse, friend or relative of a nursing home resident, you are not alone. Recent statistics indicate that there are almost two million Americans being cared for in long-term care facilities, and as the population continues to age that number will only grow. A well-run nursing home provides an invaluable service, allowing families to rest assured that their loved ones’ needs are being provided for in a compassionate and competent way. Unfortunately, not all facilities fulfill this mission: in fact, nursing home abuse and neglect are becoming all too common, and this means that family members and friends need to be vigilant. It is important that you know the signs of nursing abuse so that you know when you need to act and when you need to call a lawyer for help. Should you see any of these signs, waste no time — call the compassionate attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC for immediate and decisive help.

    Nursing home abuse is defined as the intentional infliction of injury. It can take many forms, including aggressive and harmful physical actions, confinement that is unreasonable, depriving a resident of care or services, or punishing them in a way that causes pain, harm or mental suffering. Neglect is similar, but is more narrowly defined as harm caused by the failure to provide care and services.

    It can be difficult to detect when nursing home abuse is happening, and this is particularly true when your loved one is suffering from any kind of cognitive impairment or difficulty in communicating. Another challenge lies in the fact that people in need of nursing home care are often prone to falls, which makes it difficult to determine how an injury occurs. Generally speaking, loved ones should look for these specific signs, and particularly if they appear or occur repeatedly:

    • Falls
    • Fractures
    • Head Injuries
    • Dehydration
    • Agitation
    • Withdrawal
    • Bed injuries
    • Wandering/Elopement
    • Malnutrition
    • Pressure Ulcers (bed sores)
    • Rapid weight loss
    • Infections
    • Unsanitary or unclean conditions
    • Cuts
    • Bruises
    • Burns
    • Signs of restraint on the wrists or ankles
    • Heavy medication or sedation

    When you chose the nursing home that your loved one resides in, you did so with the hope that they would be provided with the care and help that they deserved and needed, and that it would be delivered competently and constantly. Many nursing homes are understaffed, and this can lead to neglect. Others do not provide adequate supervision or training of their personnel, or screen their applicants carefully enough. Whatever the reason that neglect and abuse occur, your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. For immediate help in getting your loved one the help and care that they need, call the law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC today. We are dedicated to getting your loved one the justice and assistance that they deserve.

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