When you make the courageous decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, you should be confident that he or she is safe and being well cared for. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happen. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, there are elder laws to protect them. You don't have to sit by in silence while your loved one is being neglected or abused (which is more than physical). At Mac Hester Law, we have the experience to make sure the nursing home and their insurance companies are held liable for being so careless and irresponsible.
A Few Key Terms
Abuse: This typically occurs when a caregiver inflicts intentional pain or suffering on the resident. Due to the fragile, helpless nature of many nursing home occupants, they are unable to defend themselves and/or report the abuse adequately. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and psychological abuse all occur within the confines of nursing home walls and must be taken seriously.
Neglect: This is a failure to properly care for a nursing home resident, and signs include bed sores, infections, malnutrition, dehydration, bruising, and depression. It can be the result of employee failed to properly assist the resident in eating or drinking, employee failure to assist with bathroom activities including restroom and showering, employee failure to move or reposition a resident who is unable to do so on their own, as well as employee failure to respond to calls for assistance.
Misuse of Funds or Property: This occurs when employees intentionally embezzle, steal, take, or misuse the money or property of a nursing home resident without consent.