Making the decision to place your elderly parent or loved one in an assisted living facility is undoubtedly a difficult one. In order to ensure you are leaving them in trusted hands and have found a nursing home that employs a friendly nursing and care staff, it is important to do your research. However, even when in-depth research is conducted, cases of elderly abuse can happen. It can be difficult to know what to look for when searching for the right nursing home, and even harder to pinpoint signs of elderly abuse. When placing an elderly loved one in a nursing home, it is critical to be aware of some of the most common signs of abuse. Being armed with the information listed below, will allow you to better judge whether or not your loved one is being properly cared for, or if they are a victim of abuse. The following are common signs of elder abuse in nursing homes:
- Unexplainable change in financial accounts
- Unexplainable cuts and bruises
- Malnourishment / dehydration
- Fear, anxiety, or depression
Common Types of Nursing Home and Elder Abuse
Elder abuse and more specifically nursing home abuse comes in all different shapes and forms. Abuse may be physical, emotional, or even financial. In some cases, a simple case of neglect or inadequate care can result in abuse and injury. Examples of common types of elder abuse that we most often see in senior housing communities include a lack of proper meals, lack of water leading to dehydration, lack of supervision leading to a fall or serious injury, or verbal abuse. Verbal abuse may be from caretakers, doctors, nurses, or other residents. Lastly, one of the most important types of elder abuse that you should be on the look out for is financial. Elderly people oftentimes fall victim to people (whether it be a staff member or nursing home facility itself) trying to take advantage of them financially. Be sure you have access to your loved one’s financial accounts in order to be able to monitor them and make sure there are no strange charges or withdrawals that cannot be explained.
Let Atkins & Markoff Help You Today!
If your loved one has been a victim of elderly abuse or if you suspect you have a case of nursing home abuse, it is important for you to contact one of our Oklahoma attorneys at Atkins & Markoff today. We have more than 100 years of combined experience working personal injury cases, including those centered around nursing home abuse. If your loved one has been injured due to a caretaker, doctor, or nursing home staff member’s negligence or malice, please contact us today so we can help you pursue legal action and receive fair compensation.