Hoffman Estates Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Elderly abuse has become a concern in recent years, with more awareness brought to how our senior citizens are treated. Older people are more susceptible to abuse due to diminishing mental capacity and decreased physical strength. Diseases like dementia, which is prevalent among the geriatric population, may make it harder to defend against abuse.
Because we love our elderly, we want them to live out safe and healthy lives. The best way to accomplish that is by ensuring that our seniors are left in the hands of caring, compassionate, and competent professionals. Unfortunately, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are sometimes staffed with uncaring individuals who will mistreat our loved ones.
Abuse and Neglect
In order to better prevent elderly abuse in nursing homes or facilities, we first must recognize the different types of abuse. There is emotional abuse, coming in the form of insults, gaslighting, and degradation of character. Then there’s physical or sexual abuse; many senior citizens aren’t physically capable of defending themselves against a healthy young adult. There’s also financial abuse, a widespread problem where older people are monetarily exploited.
Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Once we can recognize the types of abuse that can occur in a home or a facility, the next step is to learn how to recognize the warning signs. Some of our elderly loved ones won’t always inform us of when abuse is going on, so it may be up to us to look for it. Common signs of abuse or neglect include:
- Mysterious cuts, bruises, burns, or bleeding.
- A staff member who frequently ignores or insults other seniors.
- Sudden changes in behavior. If a senior seems depressed, timid, or fearful, they may be suffering from abuse.
- Unexplained withdrawals in the senior’s financial statements.
- Consistent injuries.
- The senior’s healthcare needs aren’t being met.
If you are unsure about whether your senior relative is suffering from abuse, try to communicate with him or her about the situation. Sometimes it is difficult for victims to open up about what is bothering them, especially if they feel unsafe or trapped.
Standing Up to Abusers
If you suspect that an elder is experiencing abuse from an assisted living staff member, you can take action to protect the elder. Should an emergency situation arise, be sure to call 911 for help. However, if the situation isn’t an emergency, you can contact Adult Protective Services to take a look at the home or facility. Adult Protective Services will investigate the staff and look for signs of neglect, abuse, or exploitation. If abuse is discovered in the investigative process, APS will alert you and take actions to protect the senior citizen living in the home.
How We Can Help
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities aren’t free to mistreat its inhabitants; these facilities are legally obligated to care for seniors in a safe and healthy manner. If an APS investigation finds that abuse is a regular occurrence at a facility, then family members can take legal action against the facility. Enough gathered evidence may entitle the senior’s family to financial compensation.
Do you have a loved one who is suffering from abuse while living in an assisted living facility? You can make sure that the facility’s staff members face the consequences by bringing them to court. Zayed Law Offices is a legal firm that specializes in nursing home abuse cases. We can bring justice to your case. To learn if your case qualifies for compensation, please contact us at 309-291-3931 for a free case evaluation.