Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
As our family members age and require more assistance in their day-to-day lives, we often consider moving them to an assisted living facility so they can receive the assistance they need. If the loved one has medical needs, a skilled nursing or long term care facility may be appropriate. Moving a loved one into a nursing home, whether it be a long-term care facility, skilled nursing facility, or an assisted living facility is a difficult decision for many reasons. It can be an emotional and stressful time for everyone involved. When a family makes the decision to move a loved one into a facility, we trust the facility to meet their needs and provide them with care. Despite the fact that nursing homes are entrusted with the well-being of our elderly loved ones, the unfortunate truth is that nursing home abuse and neglect remain prevalent in many facilities in Maryland.
Although most people view abuse as physical assault, there are many different forms of abuse that can exist in nursing homes ranging from intentional harm to something as simple as carelessness or neglect. Identifying a victim of nursing home abuse is often complicated as many victims remain silent in fear of retaliation from their abuser. Often, elderly family members are unable to speak for themselves because of the very medical condition that the nursing home is charged with managing. It is often left to the victim’s family members or loved ones to recognize changes in his or her personality, appearance or behavior that may indicate signs of abuse.
Some Specific Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect:
- Bed sores that do not heal
- Bedsores that go through the skin
- Mood Swings
- Poor Hygiene
- Unexplained Injuries
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
If you have a family member who has been abused or neglected in a long term care facility, retaining an experienced Baltimore nursing home attorney can help your family find the justice they deserve. Contact the Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg today.