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Nursing Home Abuse and Your Loved One

By McCoy & McCoy  Apr. 15, 2011 4:38p

With life expectancy increasing every decade, our nation’s nursing homes are reaching full capacity. If you have recently placed your loved one in a nursing home, you may have been surprised to learn about nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. When we think about the elderly as adults, the thought doesn’t normally come to mind that they are frequently victims of abuse. When people look at the nationwide problem of abuse in nursing homes, they should consider the fact that the elderly don’t normally possess their full range of mental or physical capacity, thus leaving them prone to neglect or abuse by seemingly trustworthy caregivers and nursing home staff.

If you are curious about how this could happen, just imagine the very old, are much like the very young. They often times need assistance with walking, eating and hygiene. For many elderly patients, they cannot survive without full-time assistance from a much younger and stronger adult. Combine diminished physical capacity with a diminished mental capacity, and you have an elderly individual who is in a prime condition to be fully taken advantage of, physically, emotionally and sometimes financially. If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should speak to a qualified Hartford personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

As a family member of someone who is in a nursing home, it is essential that you stay fully aware of your loved one’s surroundings. In addition, you want to be alert for any signs of physical abuse, mental abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Unkempt living quarters, foul smells, unexplained bruising, restraint marks, seemingly irrational fear of their caregivers or nursing staff, missing personal belongings or sudden weight loss, are all common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. Keep in mind that those patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or senile dementia are at a heightened risk for abuse or neglect;largely due to the fact people commonly think that their accounts are fabricated, due to a side effect of medication or, the elderly victim can forget the event all together.

Hartford Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

At McCoy & McCoy, we are a personal injury firm who is very familiar with the ins and outs of nursing home abuse cases. Contact a Hartford nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm to discuss how we can help your loved one.

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