Recognizing Elder Abuse And Neglect

Last November, we wrote about the purported overly strict enforcement of patient safety regulations in Kentucky. In that writing, we discussed the state of long-term care in the Bluegrass State, noting in particular that 40% of nursing homes ranked “below average” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That number means that your loved one is at higher risk of nursing abuse or neglect simply by living in a long-term care facility in Kentucky.

Recognizing signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one can be difficult. While some signs and symptoms are obvious, others are more challenging. Coupled with the emotional involvement, it can be extremely hard to admit that your loved one has been a victim at the hands of a trusted care provider.

Keeping your loved ones safe

The best way to prevent the mistreatment of your loved one in a long-term care facility is to visit as frequently as you can. If you cannot visit as often as you would like, try to remain in near-constant contact, either though the phone or through the computer. (You might be surprised how much your parent or grandparent loves using a smartphone or tablet for face-to-face communication.) Being involved in your love one’s life is the best way to catch a problem early on. Ask about daily activities, including medications and physical therapy, staff interactions, and anything else that comes to mind. The best preventer of abuse and neglect is information.

Additionally, look for these common signs when you are visiting:

  • Unexplained injuries, including cuts, bruises, burns and broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Changes in behavior
  • Physical or emotional withdrawal
  • Weight change/malnutrition
  • Depression
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Missing items
  • Out of the ordinary financial transactions

Elder abuse or neglect can take many forms; psychological and emotional abuse are devastating, and physical abuse can be deadly, but financial abuse can leave you and your family unable to provide continuing care for your loved one. Don’t let embarrassment hurt your loved one; talk to them and take immediate steps if you suspect any type of abuse or neglect.

The experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law can help you. We can evaluate your case and help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation in one of our offices in Kentucky.