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If you suspect or know that your loved one has been harmed by staff in a nursing home, assisted living home or by a private duty nursing professional, your best recourse after reporting the suspected abuse is to contact an Oceanside nursing home and elder abuse lawyer.
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Oceanside Nursing Home And Elder Abuse Lawyer

When a loved one must seek care from a nursing home or assisted living facility, it’s a heartbreaking time for families. However, most families who entrust the care of their family members to these places have faith that their mothers, fathers, spouses or other loved ones are getting a higher standard of care than they would receive at home. Sadly, that is all too often not the case, as these facilities are often rife with abuse. If you suspect or know that your loved one has been harmed by staff in a nursing home, assisted living home or by a private duty nursing professional, your best recourse after reporting the suspected abuse is to contact an Oceanside nursing home and elder abuse attorney.

93 Percent of Residents Experience or Witness Abuse

The elderly are among the most prone to abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Because they are frail, sick and weak, they are sometimes the least likely to speak up about the abuse, fearing retribution from staff or scared that they might end up with no one to care for them at all. The elderly population is also the most susceptible to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, so some residents don’t even remember that they are abused or lack the mental capacity to launch an accusation against those that harm them.

One study found that up to 93 percent of nursing home residents either experienced abuse at the hands of caregivers or witnessed abuse of other residents during their nursing home stays. Up to 44 percent of residents reported that they had been abused. Still, only 10 percent of nursing homes are in violation of care requirements set out by the state. For this reason, it is important for families to act as advocates for their loved ones and watch for signs of abuse. Things to watch for in your loved one include:

  • Unexplained bruises, scrapes and cuts
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Withdrawal
  • Poor hygiene
  • Depression
  • Bed sores
  • Apprehension with nursing staff

Nursing homes are notoriously understaffed. Since they are for-profit organizations, it is in their vested interest to hire the least number of staffers for the most residents possible, which increases their bottom line. When caregivers shirk their duties and neglect patients in their care, they can be held accountable.

Keep in mind that physical abuse is not the only type of abuse to watch for. As many as one in three nursing home patients in the U.S. is malnourished, which leads to potentially serious outcomes like infection, sepsis and kidney failure. Neglect by nursing staff, such as leaving the resident sitting or lying too long in one position, can also lead to increased risk of bed sores. Improper catheterization or failure to change diapers or soiled linens can also cause bladder and bowel infections that the weakened immune system of the elderly patient cannot tolerate.

Consulting an Oceanside Elder Abuse Attorney

The first action in a case such as this is to launch a complaint with the facility and with the state board that governs the facility. Simpson Law Group can help you work your way through the process and get the assistance that your loved one deserves. Our Oceanside elder abuse attorney can also start the process of seeking compensation for your loved one for their injuries and maltreatment. Schedule a free consultation with Simpson Law Group now.

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