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At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we have the highest level of respect for our elderly citizens and we believe they should be treated with kindness, care, and compassion. Unfortunately, the number of cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect are shockingly high. Cases of abuse or neglect are far too common and the elderly resident can suffer very serious consequences, both mentally and physically. We have provided some resources to assist you if your loved one has suffered any type of injury, health condition, complications, or has passed away because of nursing home abuse or neglect.

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Types of Nursing Home Abuse

There are several types of nursing home abuse. These include:

Physical Abuse
Kicking, slapping, pushing, pinching, overuse of restraints, and failure to provide adequate and healthy nutrition are some examples of physical abuse..

Emotional Abuse
Yelling, screaming, abusive language, profanity, the silent treatment, humiliation, threats, insults, and other forms are categorized as emotional abuse.

Sexual Abuse
Some criminals prey on the elderly who cannot defend themselves, including forcing them to perform the horrible crime of sexual acts.

Financial Abuse
Caregivers who steal from the elderly in nursing homes, taking their valuable jewelry, gaining access to bank accounts or other assets, or arrange will changes for their own benefit can deplete the resources of an elderly person who intended their assetsbe passed onto those they love.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

 

Our West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers list the signs your loved one is being mistreated by a loved one.

atAt Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers deal with these cases every day. We know the serious physical injuries and psychological harm they can cause.

Mistreatment of older patients is often subtle and occurs behind the scenes, which makes spotting nursing home abuse difficult. Being aware of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can help you to protect your loved ones and ensure they get the care they deserve.

Facts About Nursing Home Abuse and Mistreatment

The National Council on Elder Abuse (NCEA), under direction from the U.S. Administration on Aging, offers resources for the professional and criminal justice communities as well as the general public on how to prevent elder abuse and neglect from occurring.

According to the NCEA, more than 40 percent of the population will, at some point, enter a nursing home or assisted living facility.
According to the NCEA, more than 40 percent of the population will, at some point, enter a nursing home or assisted living facility. Currently, more than three million people live in these facilities throughout the country.

Although nursing homes are required to operate under strict state and federal guidelines and regulations, nursing home abuse and neglect continues to escalate.

The NCEA states that more than a third of the nursing homes throughout the country have been cited for violations and allowing conditions to exist which jeopardize the health and well-being of residents.

Roughly 50 percent of nursing home staff members admit to engaging in behavior that is threatening or could be harmful to their patients.
Roughly 50 percent of nursing home staff members admit to engaging in behavior that is threatening or could be harmful to their patients.

Spotting nursing home abuse requires understanding the problem and the types of abuse most likely to occur. According to the NCEA, the most common types of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical abuse (hitting, pinching, kicking or burning)
  • Emotional or psychological abuse (teasing, name calling and humiliating patients)
  • Financial abuse (stealing money, property or financial information)
  • Neglect (withholding food, water or medical and personal care)
  • Sexual abuse (inappropriately touching and engaging in unwanted sexual activity or harassment).

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

For those who have a loved one or family member living in a nursing home, the NCEA recommends visiting frequently, planning surprise visits during off hours and getting to know your loved one’s caretakers and the nursing home staff and administration.

Spotting nursing home abuse requires looking beneath the surface. The NCEA advises concerned individuals to watch for the following common signs of abuse and nursing home neglect:

  • Physical injuries (bruises, broken bones, burns, cuts and lacerations)
  • Emotional or psychological issues (depression, increased anxiety or fearfulness, withdrawal or reduced alertness)
  • Evidence of improper care (bedsores, poor physical or dental hygiene, and untreated medical conditions)
  • Relationship problems (increased tension or signs of aggression between your loved one and his or her caregiver and isolation from family or social activities)
  • Financial problems (including unexplained credit card charges, changes to wills or trusts, financial losses and missing objects or documents).
The NCEA advises that it is important to be aware of the fact that a single sign or incident does not necessarily mean that abuse or nursing home neglect is occurring.

You may want to voice your concerns with your loved one’s caretaker, the staff and unit supervisor and the nursing home administration regarding any problems or complaints you have.

At the same time, it is important to contact our nursing home abuse lawyers if your concerns are not addressed or a pattern of abuse appears.

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Selecting the right nursing home for a family member or loved one is one of the most important decisions you can make. You want to be sure to have the information necessary to make an informed decision.
Selecting the right nursing home for a family member or loved one is one of the most important decisions you can make. You want to be sure to have the information necessary to make an informed decision.

Consider these tips for selecting the right nursing home from the American Association of Retired People (AARP):

Check out the food.
Check out the food.
It should taste good while being appetizing, healthy, and prepared and served with the appropriate degree of care.
Notice noises.
Notice noises.
People laughing, talking and engaging in activities is a good sign. Be aware of how the staff interacts with residents as well as each other.
Pay attention to cleanliness.
Pay attention to cleanliness.
Notice whether the nursing home is run in an orderly manner.
Inquire about activities.
Inquire about activities.
Are there opportunities to socialize offered by the facility?

e-book iconIn addition to the above, our free eBook on how to pick the right nursing home is a valuable resource, offering guidelines for choosing nursing home care providers in West Virginia as well as a comprehensive checklist on what to look for to ensure the people you care about get the care they deserve.

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It also includes alternatives to nursing home care, and a directory of online resources and reviews of nursing homes in the West Virginia area.

Contact Our Charleston Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys

At the Charleston law firm of Mani, Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we care about the well-being of you and your loved ones.

While spotting abuse and nursing home neglect can be difficult, we can help you to identify the signs of abuse so that you can get your loved one the care that he or she needs and deserves.

Mani Ellis & LayneOur experienced West Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers understand the serious ramifications this type of mistreatment can have.

We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable and assist you in pursuing just compensation for your loved ones for any injuries they have suffered.

We serve nursing home residents and their families in Charleston and all of West Virginia. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation.

When to Call a Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If you see your loved one suffering any of the signs of nursing home abuse, what you do now can make the difference between life and death. A nursing home that is not providing the accepted level of care must be held accountable. Nursing homes are regulated by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, as well as under the jurisdiction of the federal government with regard to patient care.

If you suspect abuse you need to act quickly and inform the facility administrators authorities, and contact one of our West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers to assist you. Our elderly relatives deserve to be treated with kindness, to have the medical care they need, and to be in a positive, friendly, and caring environment with staff who are trained to work with compassion towards residents with dementia or other health or mental conditions.

Reporting violations is exceptionally important with the elderly, due to their frail health and the potential need for hospitalization if a condition or illness arises from abuse or neglect. Adult Protective Services should be contacted and a report filed.

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