More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of nursing home abuse, which has led to a greater number of families on the lookout for signs of abuse in their loved ones after they move into nursing facilities.
They may check their loved ones for unexplained cuts and bruises or potential indicators of sexual abuse. However, it’s important to remember that the absence of signs of physical abuse doesn’t mean that patients aren’t being abused mentally. In some cases, residents aren’t specifically targeted, but are instead ignored or neglected by staff members.
That also constitutes a form of abuse, and it can put their lives in danger, as they may become malnourished, dehydrated, and unable to get the medications and medical care they need to survive.
At Stewart & Stewart, our Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers have helped families after they’ve discovered that their loved ones were being neglected. If you spot any of the following signs in your loved one or at his or her nursing facility, get in touch with us right away:
- Unsanitary living conditions – Nursing home residents should be allowed to bathe or be bathed frequently, and their clothing and bedding should be refreshed on a regular basis. When those tasks aren’t allowed or aren’t completed on a regular schedule, it can indicate neglect.
- Worsening health with no clear explanations – Residents who are being neglected may experience poor health, leaving their families concerned—especially if their health problems aren’t urgent or critical. Infrequent access to food, water, and medication can cause rapid and noticeable deterioration in strength and overall health.
Residents who are neglected deserve experienced legal representation, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to get your loved one and your family the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.