What To Do When You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
None of us want to believe that our elderly parent or loved one is being hurt or neglected when they are most vulnerable. Yet, elder neglect and abuse do happen in nursing homes and care facilities throughout Illinois.
If you suspect, or know, that your family member is being mistreated or neglected, the team at Cassian & Carter LLC in Joliet can help. We will investigate the issue via a nursing home inquiry and ensure that your loved one has the protection they need.
Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse
Something may feel “off” or different when you visit your loved one. Perhaps your elderly parent is acting afraid or intimidated. Maybe you noticed suspicious bruises or sores. Here are some things that may be indications of elder abuse, mistreatment or neglect that are cause for action:
- Dehydration: If an older person is not getting sufficient fluids, it can affect their health in many ways.
- Malnutrition: If your loved one is losing weight, they may not be receiving regular meals.
- Heavily drugged: Your loved one should not regularly be heavily sedated unless urgently needed.
- Injuries: If your loved one ends up in the hospital for unexplained reasons or explanations that do not make sense after a nursing home injury, this may be cause for an investigation.
- Sudden changes in behavior: Your loved one may act fearful of staff after suffering abuse.
- Pressure sores: These are caused by not being moved from a static position for hours or days. These are also called bed sores or pressure ulcers.
- Wandering: If your loved one was not correctly monitored and left the facility, this may be cause for concern. If your loved one was injured or harmed during a wandering or “elopement” episode, this warrants an inquiry.
- Soiled bed linens: Frequent unsanitary conditions anywhere in the nursing home are a cause for concern.
- Unexplained death: If your loved one unexpectedly passed, our team can investigate the cause.
If you see or strongly suspect that any of the above is happening or has happened, it is critical to take action. First, get your loved one the care they need and immediately document the abuse or neglect. Record the date, time, people involved, etc. Second, enlist the help of a legal professional to understand the steps to take in your situation. In order for nursing abuse or neglect to stop, it must be reported. You may be preventing more abuse, neglect or harm to other vulnerable people by taking action now.
Get Clear Counsel On Nursing Home Issues
We understand how heartbreaking it is to see our loved one not receiving the care and compassion that they need and were promised. If you’ve seen signs and your gut is telling you something is “off,” do not hesitate to call. Call Cassian & Carter at 815-714-7118. You can also send us a brief summary of what is happening via our website inquiry email. Your consultation is always free of charge.