How to Report Nursing Home Abuse
Reports on nursing home abuse have increased within the recent decade as individuals are beginning to recognize the signs and symptoms, along with the fact that more people in todays society are relying on nursing homes to care for the elderly. In previous times, the elderly would simply live with their children when they could no longer care for themselves.
The National Center on Elder Abuse performed a study demonstrating that 7.6 percent to 10 percent of the studys participants experienced abuse in the previous year. The study also found that an incidence of one in ten adults that experienced abuse did not include that of financial abuse. Another study by the organization estimated that one in 14 cases of elder abuse will come to the attention to authorities.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm have handled dozens of nursing home abuse cases, and through our experience have found that it is always advised to report nursing home abuse before it escalates further, or someone else becomes abused. For this reason, our attorneys offer Free Case Reviews to the family members of those suffering from nursing home abuse.
To learn more, we encourage you to call us at 1-800-304-9246 or complete the Free Case Review form to the right of this page today.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take place in many different forms; this can include anything from threats, neglect, financial chicanery, and many others. In order to inform members of our community of the different types of nursing home abuse, we have created a list of the common types of nursing home abuse seen throughout Oklahoma and the United States each year.
Some types of nursing home abuse include:
- Abandonment of caregivers
- Emotional abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Healthcare abuse
- Healthcare fraud
- Physical abuse
- Sexual Abuse
If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, it is advised to pay attention for some common signs.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Many of the signs of nursing home abuse will appear to be common forms of dementia, or signs that the person is becoming frail, while caregivers will also explain them as such. However, these signs should not be dismissed as it could mean that your loved one is not being treated properly.
Some signs of elderly abuse include:
- Behaviors that elderly mimics signs of dementia
- Changes in personality or behavior or elderly person
- Duplicate billions of medical service or device
- Frequent arguments between caregiver and elderly person
- Items or cash is missing
- Significant withdrawals from banking accounts
- Signs of being restrained
- Unexplained signs of injuries
- Unsuitable clothing for the weather
- Unusual weight loss or malnutrition
Of course, there are several other sings of nursing home abuse, and our attorneys recommend using your best judgment to determine if anything seems unusual with your loved one.
Contact our Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
By listening, intervening, and educating our family members and loved ones, we will be able to do our best to recognize anything out of the ordinary, which could mean that our loved one may have been abused in a nursing home.
If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, our attorneys recommend contacting the State Department of Public Health or your State Department of Health and Human Services, as well as contacting our attorneys. At this time, we will conduct a thorough investigation in order to discover when, where, and why the nursing home abuse took place.
Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and McAlester, Oklahoma, our legal team is able to help nursing home abuse victims and their families across the state and elsewhere needed. Some of the locations we serve include:
- Pauls Valley
- Ponca City
For more information about our attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm, or if you believe that your loved one may have been abused in a nursing home, we welcome you to call 1-800-304-9246 or complete the Free Case Review form to the upper right of this page.