Nursing Home Abuse
Our elderly friends and relatives deserve our care and respect. When it is time for them to move into a nursing home, you should expect the same careful and conscientious treatment from the nursing home staff. Tragically, however, many assisted living facilities do not live up to these expectations, often resulting in injury and even death to innocent residents.
When nursing home abuse occurs, it can be difficult to discern how best to handle it. If you suspect that this egregious act is happening to your loved one, contact the Champaign nursing home abuse attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., today at 217-328-2828.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Elderly people may be too weak—mentally, physically, or both—to defend themselves against abuse. Nursing home staff can exploit these weaknesses to hurt their residents in several different ways, such as:
- Physical abuse – beating, rape/assault, unnecessary restraints, medication mismanagement
- Emotional abuse – yelling, giving the silent treatment, verbal harassment, forced embarrassment
- Financial abuse – coercing residents to give them money or property, cash or check theft
- Neglect – leaving residents in their beds, withholding food/water, providing unclean living conditions
Signs of Elderly Abuse
If an older person reports abuse, it is crucial to investigate his or her claims. If the person is embarrassed about the abuse or unable to report it, you may notice signs of the physical harm or neglect via bruises, lacerations, bed sores, or other markings. Emotional abuse may manifest itself by causing a person to withdraw and become agitated. Lastly, financial abuse may appear as sudden, drastic changes in a person’s assets.
Elderly people are often unable to defend themselves both in and out of the courtroom. To help your loved one fight for his or her rights to proper care and treatment, contact the Champaign nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., today at 217-328-2828.