The statistics behind nursing home abuse and neglect are shocking, yet many instances of elder abuse go unreported. A study conducted by the Division of the House Government Reform Committee found approximately 30 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. had abuse or neglect violations within a two-year period. Elder abuse can come in the form of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse. The most common signs are malnutrition, bedsores, unsanitary conditions, unexplained injuries and wrongful death.
Actions to take if you suspect abuse in a nursing, group or assisted living home include:
- Visit your loved one often: Warning signs of abuse and neglect can come and go quickly. By visiting your loved one regularly, you will be able to pick up on sudden weight loss, unexplained injuries and behavioral changes.
- Document physical evidence of the abuse: These cases can be difficult to prove, but photo evidence and witness testimony can help you verify negligence.
- Contact an elder abuse attorney: Our attorneys in Northern Arizona have helped many families in elder abuse cases find justice and compensation for their injured loved one.
- Report the abuse to the proper authorities: Doctors, nurses and social workers are obligated by law to report instances of neglect and misconduct. You can call the Eldercare Locator line (800) 677-1116 to find out who to talk to and where to file your case.
- Reach out to your loved one’s primary caregiver: As long as the primary caregiver is not involved in the abuse, you should reach out to them for advice on how to proceed with your case.
If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 right away.
Schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our elder abuse attorney in Prescott today at 928-778-2660 to discuss your case. The Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. serves clients in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and surrounding Arizona areas.