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What do you know about nursing home neglect?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Posted in Nursing Home Neglect on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

We all care about our relatives, particularly the elderly ones. Families usually worry about the health and living condition of their elder loved ones. For good care and supervision, Americans place elders in nursing homes and long-term care facilities if they are unable to care for them at home. These nursing homes are specifically designed to benefit residents. Unfortunately, some facilities that are charged with caring for residents end up abusing them, instead.

Our firm understands how badly families feel when they find out that a place they thought was safe and good for their relatives is really providing abusive care and unsafe living conditions. While some people believe a nursing home with a great reputation means that residents are treated with great care, families should not make placement decisions based on advertisements and promotions.

According to the Center on Elder Abuse, nearly one in three nursing homes in the United States has been cited for violation of standards, which has harmed residents. This means that there is a possibility that your relatives already in nursing homes are experiencing nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect.

Our firm can provide information on how families can recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. Symptoms may include bedsores, bruises, ulcers, strange behaviors and elopement. Identifying these signs is vital because such incidents can cause serious mental and physical distress to the elderly. Sometimes, nursing home neglect can result in severe medical conditions and death.

When it comes to pursuing cases of nursing home abuse or neglect, our legal team knows how to challenge management and staff administering care in the nursing home. We thoroughly understand the dangers of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue but the knowledge we can provide concerned family members about this matter may protect their loved ones from further harm.