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Nursing Home Negligence

Entrusting the care of your loved one in someone else’s hands is a very important decision, one that requires a great deal of research and consideration. Unfortunately, even facilities that claim to be the most outstanding can be guilty of turning elderly patients into helpless victims.

Bedsores are often the first thing to come to mind when thinking of nursing home abuse. While physical signs of negligence, such as bedsores, are alarming, it is important to be aware of less visible aspects as well. The psychological issues surrounding nursing home abuse can arise from ridicule, verbal abuse, constant criticism, and even ignoring the patient.

Know What to Look For

We all have our bad days, but there is a critical difference between being cranky and being irritable and isolated. Noticing the warning signs of nursing home abuse is the first step in seeing your loved one to safety and justice. Signs that a nursing home patient has been verbally or emotionally abused:

  • Resident appears emotionally upset or agitated
  • Resident is extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
  • Resident displays unusual behavior like sucking thumbs, biting, or rocking
  • Resident wants to be isolated from other people

Other forms of abuse include sexual abuse, forced restraint, overdosing of medications, unauthorized obtainment of power of attorney, and depriving an elderly person of food, water, heat, and proper sanitation.

People of all ages are protected under the law. The Nursing Home Reform Act dictates that a nursing home, “must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care…”

If you suspect your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Kenosha nursing home abuse lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 262-652-4900.