If someone you love resides in a long-term care facility, it’s crucial to know the signs of nursing home abuse. The selection of a nursing home or care center might be the most important decision you make for your parent or grandparent. After you’ve made it, you need to keep an eye on them to be sure they’re safe.
Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect
Simple things can be very telling:
Are their eyeglasses broken, is their clothing torn, are there signs of blood in the room?
Is there a lack of hygiene anywhere in the room or rest of the facility?
Does the facility staff refuse to let your see your loved one unless accompanied by a staff member?
Are there signs of restraint, or any sign of anxiety around specific facility staff members?
If your loved one suffers personal injury, does the staff have an explanation that satisfies you?
Has mom or dad experienced an unexplained weight loss?
Is there anything about that facility that makes you feel uncomfortable?
Accidents happen, problems arise, it’s perfectly normal and it’s rarely intentional. However, to keep your loved ones safe in a care facility, your “mark-1 eyeball” is your best tool.
Drop by unannounced at a variety of times; look at other residents; meet the staff. Knowledge is power, and pictures are evidence. If you suspect something, speak to the management — be polite, express your concerns then give them a chance to explain and fix problems. Remember, most people are honest, hardworking and doing their best.
The Importance of Compassionate Legal Support
If problems are not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you may need legal action. Attorney David L. Morgan takes calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He can advise you of any action you need to take to ensure that your loved one receives immediate treatment and is safe from further abuse.
Many times, these situations can be settled without going to court. David Morgan and his professional staff will try to work out an agreement that remedies all your concerns and provides financial compensation when appropriate.
If you have to go to court, you need dedicated, local legal support to protect the rights of your loved one. David Morgan understands the law thoroughly and will to help you pursue an effective personal injury claim in Utah or Idaho.
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