25 Jan 0
Elder abuse has now become a major problem and a substantial number of elderly individuals become victim to abuse every year. Many cases of abuse go unreported and it becomes difficult to know exactly how widespread the issue of elder abuse is today.
Searching for the right nursing home doesn’t guarantee that the abuse and neglect will never happen. Still, if you do proper research in advance of the time when you require care, you must look for the one that has a good reputation. I can help you to do proper research about different nursing home care options in your area so that you can find a home that has a good reputation. As the ONLY law practice in WI with an assisted care management firm, we are uniquely able to educate you and your family on care facility options, including care in the home and how to pay for it.
Despite carefully inquiring about your options for nursing home care, the truth is that the abuse continues to happen. Identifying signs of abuse and disregard is important. As an Attorney in Wisconsin, I am familiar with all the warning signs and a few are mentioned below:
- Unexplained Injuries or Bruises
If an elderly individual has scratches, bruises or any physical injury that cannot be clarified easily, then this is a major sign which indicates that abuse may be happening.
- Unexplained Financial Transactions
Financial abuse is a common issue. Guardians and nursing home staff are just a few examples of people that may take money or belongings from elderly people.
Any sight of blood is really an indication that your friend or family member might be suffering from mistreatment. Notice the specific location of the blood, because your family member might be a victim of sexual abuse.
- If an Elderly Individual Appears to Be Dirty or Disheveled
Caretakers ensure that elderly people must follow the best hygiene practices. If the elderly individual appears to be dishevelled or dirty, then this is a potential indicator of disregard. It implies that the different needs of the elderly person may not be met.
- Pressure Sores/Bedsores
Most often, a family member is bedridden near the end of life. If this is the case, then moving the patient every couple of hours is essential. It is a typical sign of nursing home neglect if they have pressure sores commonly known as bedsores.
If the staff members are not understanding and do not provide the required aid to ensure that the senior is receiving and eats a meal, the elderly nursing home patient might suffer from malnutrition. Dehydration is also a conceivable risk if the senior is not provided with sufficient water. If a nursing home inhabitant encounters unexplained weighted loss that is not attributed to a particular health condition, then this is a serious issue and indicates that the elderly person may be neglected by the nursing home staff members.
Over-prescription is a common problem that is often found in nursing homes. The nursing home staff may provide unnecessary drugs to the elderly person in order to make them more docile and make their behaviour easier to control. This might be physically dangerous for the elderly person who is administered with unnecessary medications.
Being an Attorney in Wisconsin, I can help you to find the right nursing home where you can maintain the highest quality of life as you get older. I can also assist you in ensuring that you can pay for the costs of care, hopefully, while protecting most or all of your assets.
Nursing home and assisted living abuse happens and continues to be ignored. Generally, family members are concerned about reporting the maltreatment as they don’t know what types of resources can help them. It is important to be aware and report any type of the negligence.