The choice for an elderly person to leave their home and live in a nursing home is often a difficult one, for both the elderly person and their family. A nursing home should be a safe haven that comes to feel like home. You put your trust in the facility, doctors, medical professionals, and nursing home staff to treat a senior with the respect and level of care they deserve. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to provide adequate care and comfort to residents. There are many factors that can lead to abuse or neglect, and they are inexcusable. If you, or a loved one, have been abused or neglected in a South Carolina nursing home, you need an attorney with the passion to advocate for the elderly. In order to stop nursing home abuse and neglect, you need to be aware of the types of abuse or neglect and their signs.
One of the more obvious types of abuse are physical injuries. These injuries can occur both as intentional acts or as the result of negligence. An intentional physical act is just what it sounds like – someone purposefully acts in a way in which to induce harm. Negligence is unreasonable behavior that results in the injury to another.
Physical abuse can manifest in many different ways. Physical abuse can be broken bones, bed sores, suspicious falls, inadequate nutrition, and suspicious bruises or cuts that are unexplained. If abuse is intentional, these physical marks will likely be hidden under clothing or disguised in some way that you cannot see what the abuse. Neglect can also involve the previously mentioned signs. A staff member being negligent in their care could cause there to be malnutrition or bed sores to form on a resident. In addition to injuries, there is also the possibility for sexual abuse. It is best to pay close attention to the actions of those surrounding your loved one to make sure they are honorable and proper.
Mental abuse is just as serious as physical abuse, but harder to detect because there are usually no outright signs of abuse. The most common type of mental abuse is emotional abuse. Signs of emotional, or mental abuse, are sudden changes in the demeanor or personality of the resident. If your loved one is suddenly withdrawn or anxious, this could be a sign of mental abuse.
Senior citizen are more likely to be the victims of financial abuse. This is because elderly individuals are more likely to depend on other people to deal with their finances. The more people with access to sensitive financial information makes it more likely the information will be used in an improper manner. Monitor your loved one’s financial accounts to make sure there is no suspicious activity.
Abuse of the elderly is one of the most reprehensible types of abuse. A nursing home that takes advantage of the vulnerable state of some of their residents, or fails to provide adequate care should be held accountable. Bryan Ramey, P.A. is an advocate for making sure elder abuse is not ignored and those who suffer from it receive the help they need. Contact us today for a FREE case review.
Bryan Ramey is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated from The University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 27 years now. Bryan Ramey believes in representing the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.