Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Many people will at some point in their lives be faced with the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, so that they may be provided with special care. One element that allows for more peace of mind is knowing that their loved one will be taken care of by qualified and loving individuals who take a very special and professional interest in your loved one. Unfortunately, proper care for the elderly is not always achieved. Neglect and Abuse in nursing homes happens and David Johnson, Salem nursing home abuse lawyer, can help you receive justice.
Neglect and Abuse happens to the elderly for the same reason it happens to children. The elderly are viewed as “weak” and very vulnerable. Most elderly patients can not “fight” back and often are susceptible to not being treated nicely due to their inability to protect their bodies, or to even vocalize their concerns to their family. These characteristics of elderly allow for the perfect “target” for people to treat them inappropriately. Often victims do not report their abuse for a myriad of reasons. Often the victim is scared because they have been threatened, or they might be ashamed for “allowing” the events to unfold.
If your loved one has come to you and has informed you of possible neglect and abuse you should absolutely report the issue. Abuse and neglect is a criminal act and should never be tolerated. If you wish to be compensated for the neglect and abuse experienced by your loved one’s caregiver then you should contact a qualified nursing home neglect and abuse attorney to help you through the legal process. David Johnson, a Salem nursing home abuse and neglect attorney can help you through the process. David cannot take back what has happened to your loved one. He cannot not “undo” the neglect and abuse that may have occurred, but he can help you be compensated for the damages.What is Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?
When you leave your loved one at a nursing home, the staff at the home are now responsible for all of the patients physical needs. Elderly neglect is when a caregiver does not sufficiently provide for the patients safety, physical, or psychological needs. When an elder is physically neglected that might mean that the caregiver did not give the patient’s medication, they didn’t take care of the elder’s personal hygiene needs, or they might have forced the elderly patient to live in an unclean environment. An elderly patient can be psychologically neglected if the caregiver is leaving the patient alone for long period of time, or if they are failing to provide social interaction.
Abuse can be in the form of emotional, physical or sexual. Often these forms of abuse can be hard to identify if there are no physical markings on the body. Abuse can be debilitating to any victim and it is important for family members to continually be in contact with their loved one to make sure that they are getting proper care and are not being abused in any fashion.Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Warning Signs
It is very important to constantly visit your loved one and ask them about their stay at their home. Ask them about the staff, the activities, the food, and the other residents. The information gathered in these interactions might be enough to know whether or not something action needs to be taken. Signs of neglect and abuse include:
- Your loved one has unexplained injuries; broken bones, scars, welts, bruises or signs of restraint (such as rope marks).
- Unexplained broken eyeglasses, or other personal belongings.
- The caregiver is hesitant to leave you alone with the patient.
- Unusual behavior that is uncharacteristics; sucking on thumb, mumbling of words, or rocking back and forth.
- Uncleanliness; soiled clothes, unwashed hair, dirty body.
- Unusual loss of weight.
- Bed sores
- Unsafe living conditions
If you notice any of these signs then you need to report the abuse or neglect immediately.What to do if Think Your Loved one is Being Abused or Neglected by Their Caregiver?
If your loved one is in immediate danger then you should call 9-1-1 right away to tell the authorities about the situation. If nobody is in immediate danger then you can call the Oregon’s Toll Free elderly abuse line at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). When you call the hotline you will be asked detailed questions about the nursing home location, the staff member (if you know who) and the contact information. Remove them immediately if there are multiple staff members abusing and neglecting, or if the home refuses to take action. Place your loved one in a different and well researched nursing home. You might consider having your loved one speak to a counselor, or a therapist to help them deal with the emotional toll that neglect and abuse may leave. Once you have taken care of your loved one you should call a nursing home abuse lawyer to help you with the next step.How can a David Johnson, Salem Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorney, Help?
No lawyer, or qualified professional can take away the pain that you and your loved one have experienced. No amount of money can bring back a loved one who was neglected and abused. Although an attorney cannot help you regain your loss, they can help you through the process of compensation for the pain that you were caused. It is every patient's right to receive proper care and if they were not given adequate attention and care then their caregiver has broken the law. A nursing home attorney can help you through the process of righting the wrong. Make sure that you are getting compensated with what you deserve for the hardships that you have dealt with.
If you or a loved one has experience nursing home neglect or abuse and you wish to be compensated you should call David Johnson a nursing home neglect attorney in Salem, can help you achieve civil justice. David will work tirelessly to provide the assistance that you need. He became an attorney to help people like you receive the justice that they deserve. He is dedicated to his clients and genuinely cares about them. He will not rest until he knows that he did all he could to assist you in your legal needs.