Neglect And Abuse In Nursing Homes
At some point in your life, it may be necessary to entrust the long-term care of a parent or another loved one to a nursing care facility. While many nursing homes provide competent and compassionate care, some do not, and your family member may become a victim of abuse or neglect.
There are many reasons abuse or neglect may not be reported:
- Residents may fear the mistreatment will get worse.
- Family members are not sure it is really happening.
- Mental and physical disabilities of residents may cause family members to question their claims of mistreatment.
- Some residents are simply unable to communicate their distress.
This is why it is important to stay alert for signs of abuse. Common types of elderly abuse include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and emotional and psychological abuse.
Residents in long-term care facilities have many legal rights, including the right to:
- Be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse
- Be free from physical and chemical restraints
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Adequate and appropriate care
- Participate in planning his or her care
- Voice grievances and problems
It’s Better To Be Safe Than Sorry
If you believe a loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, a lawyer from Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, can help you determine what is going on. If mistreatment is occurring, we will help you hold responsible parties to task for their hand in the abuse or neglect.