Many Seniors Face Nursing Home Abuse
As the Baby Boomer population ages, many will face serious medical complications that their families cannot handle alone, and will have to enter nursing homes for better care. Unfortunately, nursing homes are not the safe haven they claim to be, and almost every week, a caregiver, nurse, or nursing aide is arrested on nursing home abuse charges. This sad situation is why a South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Attorney is necessary to retain if you or a loved one have faced any abuse or neglect.
According to one report, South Carolina’s senior citizen population is set to double by 2030, as both current residents age, and some Baby Boomers move into the state.
In fact, a study shows that 1 in 5 nursing home long-term residents has suffered nursing home abuse. Nursing home workers are too often overworked and undertrained, and with many long-term residents in close confines, abusers could also be a roommate, a member of the administrative staff, or a patient from another part of the facility.
Seniors at skilled nursing and long term care facilities face many kinds of nursing home abuse: physical abuse, which includes pushing, hitting, and restraining; emotional abuse, which includes swearing at or yelling at the victim; financial abuse, which includes stealing money from trusts and bank accounts, or finding legal ways to seize the victim’s assets; sexual abuse; and chemical restraint, when caregivers use drugs like antipsychotics to keep the victim asleep or in a coma.
Signs of a History of Nursing Home Abuse in Your Loved Ones
- bruises, welts, burns
- unexplained fractures or other physical injuries
- repeated accidents
- injuries left untreated
- references to caregiver’s temper or anger
- nervous or quiet around caregiver
- runs away from the home or tries to
- has marks or scars from restraints on wrists
- shows effects of chemical restraints such as incoherence, grogginess, excessive sleep
- sudden fear, restlessness, anxiety
- prevented from getting medical treatment or being alone with visitors
- unexplained changes in behavior
- unexplained weight gain or loss
- sudden loss of interest in life
- appearance of sudden demise of mental health
- symptoms of extreme shock such as the development of tics: rocking, refusing to speak
What Can I Do When A Loved One Suffers Nursing Home Abuse?
Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to nursing home abuse, but nursing home abuse is illegal, and you can file a criminal complaint, as well as a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If you suspect your loved one has suffered or died because of nursing home abuse, call these nursing home abuse lawyers today. We will thoroughly investigate your case and help you fight nursing home abuse.