As we grow older, many people will need elderly care and depend on nursing home assistance for support. Residents deserve to age with dignity, but sadly enough, abuse and neglect among our elderly is a common occurrence in nursing homes. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 1 out of 3 nursing homes in the U.S. has been issued citations for abuse. Over 40% of nursing home residents report abuse and 95% report Neglect.
Covid-19 has been the cause of many incidents in the past year. Since nursing homes have been restricting visitation, patients are left feeling lonely causing mental health issues. Inadequate staffing, improper training, and lack of a proper COVID-19 contingency plan mean that nursing home residents face greater hardship than just the virus. To ensure that your loved ones are safe and protected from negligence, abuse, and COVID-19, be on the lookout for these signs.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
- Untimely or unexplained death
- Infected bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Unexpected falls
- Unexplained injuries like broken bones and sprains, head injuries, bruises, burns, cuts, or abrasions
- Poor hygiene, from unsanitary or unclean conditions
- Medication errors or overdoses
- Malnutrition and dehydration
Emotional or Behavioral Changes
- Agitation, withdrawal, or fear
- Frequent crying
- Complaints of poor treatment
- Physical Abuse- staff members causing detectable physical harm
- Mental Abuse- staff yelling or taunting
- Sexual Abuse- unwanted sexual activity
Even if a nursing home resident is not willing to speak up due to fear, shame, or mental impairment, their family can take action to protect them. Recognizing signs of nursing home neglect can help protect victims and prevent inadequate staff from harming innocent people.
We are Here to Help
If you or your loved ones have been abused or neglected at a nursing home, you could be eligible for compensation, and it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience and have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. If you or your loved ones are a victim of nursing home negligence, contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and on our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.