The holidays are a wonderful time for friends and families to get together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. However, for nursing home residents, the holidays can be a very lonely time. With families trying to get everything done before Christmas arrives, visits may become less frequent. Unfortunately, when visits are less frequent, nursing home abuse can go unnoticed, and abusers know this to be true.
During the holiday season, schedule time to visit your friends and family members who are in nursing homes. Include them in your holiday celebrations and take the opportunity to look for signs of elder abuse while you are visiting your loved ones. Your loved ones may experience a bit more depression during the holidays simply because they feel alone. However, there are many other signs of nursing home abuse that you should look for that can indicate your loved one is being neglected or abused. If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 to speak with a Louisville nursing home abuse lawyer.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Poor hygiene, such as a strong odor of urine, body odor, or other bad odors
- Bed sores, bruises, lacerations, or other unexplained injuries
- Unexplained weight loss and/or refusal to eat
- Demonstrating fear or anxiety
- Withdrawal and apathy
- Bills not being paid and unexplained change in finances
- Changes in personality
- Signs of overuse of drugs to keep patient quite
- Signs of being restrained – check midsection, arms, and legs in addition to wrists and ankles
- Broken eyeglasses or frames
- Unexplained illnesses, especially genital infections and venereal disease (sign of sexual abuse)
- Torn or dirty clothing
- Unsafe living conditions
You can get more information about elder abuse from the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and your local Department of Social Services.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse and elder abuse are a crime. You should report suspected abuse to your local law enforcement and The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Adult Protective Services Division. In addition, you need to consult with an experienced Louisville nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible.
The people responsible for the abuse can be held legally liable for the injuries and damages they cause. Unfortunately, the law cannot change what has happened; however, it can provide a way for victims and their families to seek monetary compensation to help care for their loved one and compensate their loved one for the mental, emotional, and physical abuse.
Call Our Louisville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
If you suspect elder abuse, call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use our online contact form to schedule a free legal consultation with our Louisville nursing home abuse lawyer. The appointment is completely confidential. Take advantage of this free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn about your loved one’s legal rights and options regarding elder abuse.