Many people require more care than their loved ones are able to provide to them at home and have to move to nursing homes. While there are good long-term care facilities in the U.S., some have numerous problems. Nursing home abuse is a problematic issue for many residents in Illinois and across the U.S. Family members should learn to identify the signs of abuse so that they can take to end it. The team of experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at the Spodek Law Offices are dedicated to helping abuse victims to hold the nursing homes and the perpetrators accountable so that they can get justice.
The World Health Organization reports that a survey that was conducted of nursing home staff in the U.S. revealed that 40 percent admitted to psychologically abusing nursing home residents. Ten percent of the respondents admitted that they had physically abused patients and 36 percent reported that they had witnessed the physical abuse of residents at least once in the previous year. According to a report by CNN, there have 386 allegations of sexual abuse of nursing home patients since 2013. Of these allegations, 201 cases involved alleged sexual abuse by staff.
Nursing home abuse can take multiple forms and is not always physical. The most common types of abuse that can happen in nursing homes include the following:
Patients may be abused by staff or by other residents. Many nursing home residents who are abused do not report the abuse because of an inability to communicate or because of fear.
It is important for both family members and nursing home staff to be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse. The following signs may indicate that elders are being abused:
If you see signs that make you believe that your loved one is being abused, question the management and staff about what you have noticed. If you believe that your loved one is suffering harm or is in imminent danger of harm, you should remove them from the situation immediately. Make sure to document everything that is said and to write down the names of the staff with whom you speak. Take photographs of your loved one, and if there are visible injuries, make sure to photograph those as well. Try to question your loved one about what you have observed. If the staff attempt to prevent you from talking to your loved one privately, contact law enforcement. You should also make a report to the state’s Department of Aging. Finally, talk to the experienced and compassionate team of nursing home abuse lawyers at the Spodek Law Offices.
Nursing home abuse is despicable. Unfortunately, it is also a prevalent problem in the U.S. The nursing home population is expected to climb over the next couple of decades because of the aging baby boomer generation. It is important for people to take action to end nursing home abuse and to hold the perpetrators accountable for the wrongs that they have committed. Our team is dedicated to rooting out the bad actors and seeking justice for the victims. Contact us today for help if you believe that your loved one is being abused by a nursing home staff member or by another resident.