Placing a loved one in someone else’s care is never an easy process, and finding a trusted environment for those we love requires research, budgeting and overcoming emotional obstacles.
All of these things make cases of nursing home neglect even more traumatic for both the seniors affected and their family members. According to the National Council on Aging, as many as 1 in 10 Americans age 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse, including nursing home neglect.
If you’re suspicious that your loved one may be suffering from neglect, a few signs to watch for include:
- – Unusual bruising
- – Losing weight quickly or showing signs of malnutrition
- – Unprovoked fear
- – Lack of social interaction
- – Disruption in hobbies or interests
- – Abnormally lethargic behavior
- – Sores or bleeding spots
If your loved one has experienced neglect or abuse while in a nursing facility, those responsible should be held accountable. Consult with an attorney to learn more about your options. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.