What are the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
West Tennessee nursing home negligence attorneys protecting the rights of elders since 1986
The warning signs of nursing home abuse may not always be readily apparent, but when you know what to look for you will be in a better position to recognize abuse and neglect. Elders should be able to live out their days being well cared for and feeling safe in their environment rather than living in constant anxiety that someone is going to hurt them, or worse yet, leave them all alone for hours on end. If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home you can keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect and take action quickly so that they will not have to suffer any longer.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our compassionate nursing home abuse attorneys are here to represent your interests. We investigate your allegations and find out who is responsible for your loved one’s injuries. We hold negligent healthcare providers, staff and administrators accountable for your family member’s injuries. With offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville, we are always close by when you need a West Tennessee nursing home abuse attorney to help keep your family safe.
Warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect
Because of advanced age and poor health, those elders who are dependent on others for all of their needs are in a vulnerable position. They are at the mercy of those charged to care for them, and they are unable to defend themselves from the physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and financial abuse that can come from their caregivers. They are often afraid of the abuse but they are even more afraid of the repercussions that might come if they speak up and report the abuse. They keep silent and simply endure the poor treatment because they feel that they have no recourse.
The National Center on Elder Abuse has done research on the prevalence of elder abuse, but it can be challenging to get accurate numbers because the majority of cases go unreported and therefore undetected and untreated every year in the United States. If you see any of these warning signs when you visit your loved one who lives in a Tennessee nursing facility, take note of it and take action to report what you have seen. The most common signs of abuse or neglect include:
- Weight Loss
- Change in behavior
- Over medication
- Inattentive staff
- Unsanitary conditions
What to do if you see any signs of abuse or neglect
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, or if the resident tells you that they are being hurt, make sure to report the incident to the nursing home administrator immediately. Find out what the nursing home’s policy is for submitting a formal complaint. If you see evidence that a crime was committed, call the police and file a police report. The nursing home should investigate the incident although not every single incident may qualify as abuse or neglect.
The state of Tennessee has a long-term care Ombudsman, who provides assistance to Tennessee residents who live in nursing homes. They serve as advocates and help provide solutions when it comes to dealing with the nursing home’s staff and administration with regard to the resident’s quality of care, resident rights and other issues.
The experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Bailey & Greer have, unfortunately, helped countless families whose loved ones have been injured in nursing homes. We are ready to fight for justice on behalf of your loved one and get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Dealing with nursing home abuse? Discover how Bailey & Greer, PLLC can help today
If you have a loved one who has sustained injuries at the hands of nursing home staff, we can help. We are tireless advocates for our elders in Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville and throughout West Tennessee. We want to hear your story and we want to protect your loved one’s rights. You are welcome to call the law office of Bailey & Greer, PLLC at 901.475.7434 or fill out our contact form now to schedule a free consultation.