When a parent or loved one reaches senior citizen age, there are many important and difficult decisions that must be made about their current and future care. When the senior in your life requires constant care because of a physical or mental health issue, sometimes the only option available is to place them in a nursing home.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the demand for senior healthcare. This has made room for private sectors to swoop in and meet the demand. Though these institutions must adhere to the same strict standards, small budgets can leave the workers with limited resources, training, and supervision. In circumstances like these, nursing home abuse can easily occur. If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of abuse, do not hesitate to contact an Alberta personal injury lawyer. Our expert team of lawyers is here to discuss all of your options moving forward.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
When most people think about elder abuse, it invokes images of dirty and cold nursing homes. However, this is often not the case. Unfortunately, retirement home abuse can happen at just about any facility. It can be perpetrated by a caregiver, adult child, spouse, or somebody else entirely. Mistreatment of seniors can be seen in many forms like:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual assault
- Human rights abuses
- Neglect (bedsores, etc.)
- Not providing adequate access to food or water
- Not providing proper medical treatment or medication (this can also include prescription misuse or theft)
- Financial abuse (including fraud, embezzlement, misuse of money, stolen identity, and more)
In extremely serious cases, nursing home abuse can lead to the wrongful death of a senior. If you or someone you love has been a victim, the knowledgeable lawyers at our firm are here to assist.
Signs Of Elder Abuse
Nursing home misconduct is a serious offense. If you suspect that you or a family member has been the victim, it is important that you begin to observe and document factors in order to support your claim. Take note of your loved one’s mental and physical condition, the condition of their residence, and the condition of the facility overall. Some red flags that may indicate mistreatment has occurred:
- Poor hygiene and lack of cleanliness
- Messy appearance
- Other signs of medical neglect
Often, mental and emotional abuse can be more difficult to recognize. Look for common signs like depression, a loss of appetite, withdrawn demeanor, and a decrease in communication.
Hiring a Lawyer For Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact us today. Our law firm can help to assess the situation, handle your claim, and get you the damages you deserve. With their years of experience and extensive knowledge of the legal system, you can trust that your claim will be in good hands.
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