The County of San Francisco contains a population of elderly citizens who may require extra care and medical assistance. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of physical and financial elder abuse cases related to nursing homes. Before deciding on a nursing home facility, educate yourself about the dangers and realities of nursing home abuse. Bedsores, decubitus ulcers, and pressure sores from neglect are injuries that can happen at nursing homes. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered from neglect or abuse at a California facility, it is important to contact a San Francisco nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your case.
What are Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
If you do not visit your loved one on a frequent basis, it can be difficult to tell whether they have been the victim of nursing home abuse. The following signs may indicate nursing home abuses:
Injuries or illnesses that are unexplained: Senior citizens should not be getting injured at nursing homes. Unexplained bruises, cuts, sores, or other injuries on your loved one are a potential sign of nursing home abuse. Bedsores, decubitus ulcers, and pressure sores from neglect are other injuries. Those types of injuries may be the result of neglect or physical elder abuse. Also, if the senior citizen is sick on a regular basis, he or she may not be receiving the proper treatment and care at the nursing home.
Malnutrition or dramatic weigh change: Be watchful for signs of poor nutrition, including over- or under-feeding. Significant or sudden gain or loss of weight is almost always dangerous to an elder’s health.
Distress, agitation, or distance: A sudden change in disposition or temperament may be a sign that the elder has been a victim of emotional elder abuse or neglect.
Unexplained or sudden death: The sudden death of a previously healthy patient is an indicator that proper care is not being provided. Neglect, physical abuse, over- or under-medicating, and inappropriate medical treatment can all contribute to wrongful death at a nursing home.
Unclean living conditions: A nursing home is responsible for properly caring for its residents. Unsanitary facilities provide a danger to the elders that reside there.
Nursing home abuse is an important matter that should be addressed immediately. Evans Law Firm, Inc. litigates on behalf of victims of physical and financial elder abuse in San Francisco County. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact The Evans Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .