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The decision to place a family member in a nursing home facility is hard. What may be even harder is finding a safe and healthy environment where they can thrive and get the care they need. You do your research and find a nursing home you trust, such as ManorCare. However, a beautiful website and promises of individualized care and a commitment to quality may only be a nice veneer. You need assurances that underneath the pretty pictures and turns of phrase, your loved one is in safe and capable hands.
Unfortunately, abuse can happen anywhere. Statistics from the World Health Organization show that between 2017 and 2018, at least 1 in 6 adults over the age of 60 suffered some form of abuse while in a nursing home facility.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we have attorneys with the experience and resources at their disposal to be able to investigate claims of nursing home abuse. When you can’t be with your loved one as much as you’d like, you may only have scattered evidence or stories from your family member that point towards abuse. You may not know where to turn for solid answers. Rest assured, you can turn to us. Lay your fears at our feet and let us do the legwork to get to the truth. We care deeply about your family’s wellbeing. Call us at (312) 346-8620 for a free consultation.
How do you define nursing home abuse? The term seems straightforward enough, but abuse can take many forms. The Nursing Home Abuse Center calls nursing home abuse any type of action or behavior that results in harm being caused to an elderly resident or patient. We may hear the word “abuse” and jump to thoughts of beatings and physical injuries, but that isn’t always the case when it comes to nursing home abuse cases. It is estimated that financial abuse costs the elderly close to $36 billion every year.
Before you can begin to unravel whether abuse is taking place, it is important to understand the different types of abuse that can occur in a nursing home setting. Again, not all abuse is physical. Abuse can leave marks on an older person’s pocketbook and scar their mental health. The lack of interaction itself can be a form of abuse. Neglect can cause just as much harm to the elderly as being hit.
While this list is not a comprehensive guide to all types of abuse, it is a good outline of the different forms that abuse can take and what you should look out for:
One of the reasons we may overlook signs of abuse in nursing home settings is because we just can’t wrap our minds around why or how a dedicated caregiver could stoop to such a horrific level. There are a variety of reasons that a nursing home may not be providing your loved one with the quality care they deserve, and you expect.
Examining some of the more common motives for nursing home abuse may give you a better picture of the signs to be aware of if you are starting to suspect abuse may be taking place:
Your loved ones didn’t work hard for their entire lives just to end up being abused at the hands of a negligent caregiver. They deserve better, and you deserve some peace of mind that your family is being well taken care of. We understand that without solid evidence, you may be reluctant to come forward with allegations of abuse.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we want you to feel comfortable sharing your concerns, large or small. We offer compassionate legal support to help you and your family, while aggressively investigating your concerns. Set up a free consultation by calling (312) 346-8620 and get the legal advice you need now.
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