Is Your Loved One A Victim Of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect?
Today, people live longer than ever before. It has been estimated that the number of Americans living in nursing homes will increase fivefold by 2050. While we assume nursing homes are a safe space for our elderly to live to their final days, that is not always the case.
Studies show that more than 30 percent of nursing homes have had a resident who experienced abuse, either by nursing home staff or from another resident. More than 90 percent of nursing homes have been cited by a health inspector, and there are no federal laws that require nursing homes to conduct criminal background checks on their employees. Lack of staffing, poor training, inadequate supervision and general lack of legal oversight puts nursing home residents at great risk of abuse or neglect.
At Ches-Mont Personal Injury Law Center, LLC, we fight for the abused. If you or your loved one was mistreated or neglected while under nursing home care, contact our firm. Attorney George Gerasimowicz has more than 40 years of experience advocating for injury victims in Montgomery County and the entire Philadelphia area. He will fight for you.
Located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, our firm represents victims of nursing home abuse or neglect throughout the tri-county area.
How Can I Tell If My Loved One Is Being Abused?
It can be very difficult to identify nursing home abuse or neglect, especially if your loved one is experiencing dementia or suffers from Alzheimer’s. The best way to protect your loved one is to visit often, ask questions and keep your eyes open. If you notice any of the following, be sure to take a closer look to make sure your loved one is not the victim of abuse or neglect.
- Unexplained physical evidence, such as cuts or bruises, bedsores or broken bones
- Falls that should have been avoided
- Displaying fear or apprehension around nursing home staff
- Any uncharacteristic hesitance to discuss issues with family and friends
- Other personality or behavioral changes
- Changes in physical appearance, such as looking unkempt or unclean, or rapid weight loss
Remember, abuse does not have to be physical. Through manipulation or threats many elderly people fall victim to financial abuse.