Nothing is more devastating than to find out that a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, the very place that is supposed to protect and care for them.
You’ve done all you can to care for them but when you decided you needed help you were let down and betrayed.
Unfortunately, as the US population continues to age these issues are likely to increase. While nursing home abuse is on the rise it’s not your fault and it’s not too late to get the help you and your loved one deserve.
What is considered nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse is defined as any type of harm that comes to a resident in a long-term care facility, including:
Often, the abuse stems from facilities that are understaffed but no matter the reason, any type of abuse is wrong and a criminal offense that a Milwaukee Nursing Home Abuse Attorney can assist you with.
If suddenly, your loved one has unexplained bruises or worse, broken bones, this might be an indication that they’ve sustained some physical abuse. Sometimes an elder can fall and break a bone, but if it’s consistently occurring and the bruises are in various stages, this is a concern. It’s important to look for signs to know if your loved one is being abused.
Neglect = Most Common
Physical Abuse = Intentional
Emotional or Sexual
Although rare, cases of nursing home abuse do exist. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services maintains public records of annual nursing home safety reports. You can check any each county’s nursing homes to see if they were cited for infractions. Violations range from minor issues like food service menus not accommodating all dietary needs to serious problems like life-threatening dehydration. Pay special attention to any immediate jorpardy citations which put residents at risk of serious injury or death. Using the State’s reports, you can avoid enrolling in a known abusive facility which is the best way to prevent nursing home abuse.
Don’t assume that someone else has taken the path to address the situation.
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