After our parents took the time to care for and raise us, the least we can do is take care of them when they become elderly. Sometimes this might involve taking them into our own home while other times it might include finding them a great nursing home that can tend to their needs.
Unfortunately, many times without us even knowing it, we select a nursing home that looks lovely on the outside, but turns out to be a nightmare on the inside.Several of our loved ones are becoming victims of abuse and neglect within the very nursing homes and assisted living facilities we put them in.
These institutions, which we are paying to protect our family and friends, are instead hurting and abusing them. According to The National Center for Elder Abuse, neglect of our senior citizens’ basic needs is the number one type of elder abuse.
Physical abuse by caregivers ranks as the second most common form of elder mistreatment, and almost one million senior citizens are victimized each year.
What Can You Do?
Luckily, the law protects you and your loved ones against nursing home abuse. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with what nursing home abuse is and who to contact if you suspect that something fishy is going on. The employees of nursing homes and assisted living facilities owe our loved ones a high degree of care. Not only do we pay for this, but the law demands it of them.
If they are physically or emotionally causing our loved ones to suffer, the law will allow you to bring suit against the facility.
What are the Signs of Abuse?
Although sometimes difficult to tell, there will usually be signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Some of these signs include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures
- Bedsores or frozen joints
- Unexplained bloody underclothing
- Sudden changes in a resident’s behavior
- Refusals by staff members to allow you to see a resident
- Long delays in allowing you to see residents
- Staff members not allowing residents to be alone with you or other visitors
- Residents being kept in an over-medicated state
- Residents possessions going missing
- Abrupt changes in a resident’s will or other financial documents
- Sudden large withdrawals from a resident’s bank account
- Strange changes in a resident’s banking practices
Who Should You Contact?
If you notice any of these or think they are occurring, contact a New Jersey personal injury lawyer who has experience litigating these types of cases. E-mail or call Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm at 973-594-6552 today. His team of New Jersey personal injury attorneys will do everything they can to defend the rights of your loved ones.
More Information About Personal Injuries At A Nursing Home
- Frequently Asked Questions: Nursing Home Abuse and Personal Injuries
- Reporting Nursing Home Abuse (PDF)
- A Fact Sheet on Caregiver Stress and Elder Abuse (PDF)