As the population of San Diego ages, more and more people need to seek constant medical care for their loved ones. Unfortunately for the many families that entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes, abuse of nursing home patients is also on the rise.
Because of dementia and other neurological conditions, residents of nursing homes often have trouble reporting elder negligence. They can also be intimidated into silence. It is important to watch for warning signs when visiting, such as emotional or physical withdrawal, and other changes in behavior.
The staff can also be watched for signs of abusive behavior. Red flags include delaying visitors in the waiting room or refusing visitor access to the resident. A staffer may insist on staying with the resident so that you can’t be alone together, and you may see hostility or tension between the staff and resident.
Elder negligence is a serious problem causing pain and suffering, compromising the health of your loved one and if left unchecked will result in premature death. If you believe your loved one is suffering in a nursing home, contact our San Diego elder abuse attorneys right away.
Nursing Home Abuse
The abuse that can take place in nursing homes ranges from psychological abuse to actual physical abuse. Staffers have used taunts and insults to humiliate residents, and can isolate them or intimidate them as punishments.
Our San Diego elder abuse lawyers have also dealt with extreme physical abuses like assaults and rapes. These may leave signs such as broken bones, bloody clothes, or bruises and wounds that the staff can’t explain.
Nursing Home Negligence
Elder negligence can take many forms, but most involve neglecting the basic needs of the patient, resulting in dehydration, malnutrition, and poor hygiene. Be on the lookout for bedsores, soiled bedding, and dramatic weight loss. Over-medication or a disregard for medical problems also indicates elder negligence.
San Diego Elder Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home or is the victim of elder negligence, contact the law firm of Aitken * Aitken * Cohn immediately. Our San Diego elder abuse lawyers can ensure that the abuse stops, and that your loved one receives the care and compensation they deserve.
Don’t take chances with your loved ones life. Even if you are unsure, contact us today.