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Be Aware: Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse


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5/23/2014
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Seniors often go into nursing homes because they can’t care for themselves. They may have physical problems or mental disabilities that prevent them from living on their own. Many are vulnerable and incapable of doing anything for themselves—including providing protection—which is why some become abused. Knowing the signs of nursing home abuse could alert you if someone you love is a victim.

Signs of General Dysfunction

If you notice fighting or tension between the senior and the caregiver, abuse could be taking place. Additionally, if you spot behavior or personality changes in the senior, such as depression, he could be a victim of abuse.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Bruises, scratches, bites, cuts, or sores are all signs of physical abuse. Broken bones, sprains, signs of being restrained, broken eyeglasses, and reports of a drug overdose are also often markers of abuse. Additionally, if the caregiver refuses to allow you alone time with the senior, abuse could be taking place.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect is also a form of abuse. Neglect occurs when the caregiver doesn’t take care of the senior. Signs of neglect include unsanitary living conditions, the senior being dirty or not bathed, unusual weight loss, untreated medical problems, and being left alone in a public place.

If you suspect a senior is experiencing abuse or neglect, call the police immediately. Next, call a lawyer. The caregiver should not be able to get away with treating the senior you love so poorly. We may be able to help you get the justice you and your family member deserve.

Contact the Morton Law Offices today to schedule an appointment and find out if we can help at 208.344.5555, toll free at 888.716.8021 or via online at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/contact.cfm.  Mr. Morton and his experienced team are happy to provide you with a free intial consultation at his office or your home, workplace, hospital or hospice care facility or any other convenient location to help you better understand your legal rights and remedies.

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Category: Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer

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