Worried about nursing home abuse, watch for some of these signs

Making the decision to place a family member in a nursing home can be heart-wrenching. Ideally, this wouldn't be a necessity, but due to the level of care some individuals require, seeking help from trained medical professionals may be the best option. Those preparing for this step take care in picking a facility they feel will best suit their family member's needs and provide the highest level of care. While there are many great long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania, the idea of nursing home abuse is certainly a valid concern.

Finding a high quality nursing home can seem like an impossible task. Not because they don't exist, but because the amenities offered, specialized care programs needed and a number of other factors can simply make it hard to choose. Most nursing homes do provide the appropriate level of care required by patients; sadly though, there are some where abuse and neglect may occur.

Some types of abuse or neglect seen in long-term care facilities include lack of appropriate medical care, unreasonable physical restraint and physical, emotional or verbal abuse. For those who are concerned that their family member is the victim of abuse or negligent behavior by nursing home staff, there are numerous signs to indicate that this type of activity is possibly taking place. Some of these include:

  • Bed injuries
  • Emotionally agitated or withdrawn
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Injuries or broken bones
  • Infections

Nursing homes should provide proper medical care, as well as a safe and secure environment for residents. Those in Pennsylvania who believe their loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse do have a number of options to make it stop and to seek restitution for any damages sustained. Legal claims can be filed against both the facility and any medical staff deemed responsible for the abuse. Claims that are successfully managed can result in an award for monetary damages to accommodate for any financial losses incurred as a result of the abuse, and to provide for the victim's pain and suffering.

Source: wtvq.com, "Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect: Your Legal Rights", Tom Kenny, Nov. 13, 2014

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