We have gone over some of the different types of nursing home abuse that occur, such as sexual abuse and even financial abuse. It is also very important to watch out for emotional abuse, which can be hard to detect since it does not leave any signs. Regrettably, many older adults have been subjected to serious emotional abuse in nursing homes, and this abuse can adversely impact their lives in many different ways. In Birmingham, and across the entire state of Alabama, it is critical for those who have experienced emotional abuse in a nursing home or suspect that a resident has been subjected to mistreatment to take action.
When it comes time to find a nursing home in Alabama for a loved one that can no longer care for themselves, the choice can be daunting. With so many homes to choose from and so many horror stories of elder abuse and neglect in some, it is important that you do your research before choosing. Fortunately, Medicare,gov provides a find and compare feature for every state and gives you a few other things to consider in the nursing home checklist.
On our blog, we recently explored sexual abuse that occurs within nursing homes. In this post, we will look into financial abuse, another problem in many nursing homes. Financial abuse is especially concerning for a variety of reasons and it is important to draw attention to this problem so that victims can understand their legal options and address wrongdoing. Unfortunately, many people have endured financial abuse without realizing it, while others have stayed silent because they were worried that trying to hold someone accountable for their mistreatment would be pointless.
Nursing home abuse and neglect takes all sorts of forms, including abuse that may be given less attention (such as financial abuse). Unfortunately, some people living in these facilities are subjected to abuse that is sexual in nature. Sexual abuse in nursing homes can be especially challenging for various reasons. In some instances, victims feel ashamed about what took place even though they were not responsible for the abuse in any way. Sadly, these feelings can lead to silence and allow someone to get away with unthinkable acts. Our law firm believes that those who abuse residents in nursing homes must be held fully responsible.
If you are one of the numerous Alabama residents who had to place your parent in a nursing home because of his or her deteriorating physical or mental condition, you likely spend a fair amount of time worrying that (s)he does not receive the care there that (s)he needs. Unfortunately, based on the results of a recent investigation by Human Rights Watch, you may well have valid concerns.
Alabama residents expect their loved ones to be treated with kindness and respect when they leave them in the care of a facility. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect do happen at these institutions sometimes. What can a person do to look for some of the signs that might not be as obvious as a bruise?
When you put a family member in an Alabama nursing home, you typically expect this person to receive the kind of care you cannot provide. In some situations, though, you may find that the nursing home staff is neglecting your loved one. At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin and Hunt, LLC., we understand that the neglect of a senior is a serious incident.