A Violation of Human Rights
Elder abuse is a violation of human rights.
Nursing homes should be a safe place, but all across America nursing home residents are being physically, sexually and emotionally abused by their caretakers. Injuries sustained from this abuse can range from depression and mood changes to extensive bruises and premature death.
If you believe that a loved one is receiving less than satisfactory care in a nursing home, a California nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist. If injuries resulted from the abuse, you could be entitled to compensation.
Know the Indicators
Like other forms of violence, elder abuse is never okay. However, it may not be obvious to visiting friends and relatives that harm is taking place. Early signs that should raise red flags include:
- The presence of bedsores and/or pressure ulcers
- Frequent instances of wandering
- Development of new habits (like tapping, nail biting, or rocking)
- Disrupted daily schedule
- Weight loss
- Dirty/torn clothes or undergarments
- Lack of personal grooming
The best and only way to ensure your loved one is being cared for properly is to visit frequently. Visits to the nursing home facility not only bring joy to your loved one, but allow you to monitor his or her living situation.
Emotional, physical and sexual abuse can be embarrassing, especially for the elderly who often desire to live independently and care for themselves. They often view the abuse as a lack of ability to care for or defend themselves. You cannot rely on your loved one to share information about their abuse. Therefore, understanding and looking for signs of abuse are very important.
How California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help
Once you notice signs of abuse you are morally obligated to report your suspicions. During this time it is recommended that you remove your friend or relative from their current living situation. A California nursing home abuse lawyer can provide assistance during this process.
Often elders are not open to leaving their residence, even if it is a place where they are receiving poor or abusive treatment. The California nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. will make sure that you are taking the appropriate legal action to protect your friend or relative. By taking action against the person or place that is harming senior citizens and violating their basic human rights, you are creating safer establishments for the elderly.
Everyone deserves to age with dignity and honor. If you see or notice something that seems wrong, report it.
Contact Evans Law Firm, Inc.
If you have any questions about reporting elder abuse or notice signs of abuse and are unsure what the next step is, contact the California nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. We have extensive experience in this area of law and are passionate about the safety of the elderly in California. Reach out to a California nursing home abuse lawyer at Evans Law Firm, Inc. today for a free, no-obligation consultation.