Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes are residential care homes that support the needs of their residents by providing meals, personal care, and help with activities of daily living for older people and disabled adults. These adults can no longer live alone and need assistance taking medications, preparing meals, and arranging doctor appointments. ALFs are not supposed to admit and/or keep residents whose needs exceed the care they can provide.
But they often do.
In fact, they often allow residents who require 24-hour supervision to remain in the facility rather than transfer them to a nursing home. In doing so, many residents fail to receive the care and treatment their condition requires, resulting in the potential for abuse and/or neglect.
At the McHugh Fuller Law Group, our nursing home abuse attorneys have decades of experience handling elder abuse lawsuits and the resources needed to help nursing home residents and families. Our attorneys were among the first in the country to help families hold nursing homes accountable when they abused and neglected their residents.
Because signs of ALF and/or nursing home abuse are sometimes dismissed as indicators of old age or dementia, it is important that loved ones are able to recognize the signs of mistreatment. There are several types of nursing home abuse, each with their own set of symptoms that may indicate that a resident is being abused.
The following are the common signs of nursing home abuse:
- Unexplained bruises and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss or gain
- Unexplained changes in personality, such as withdrawal, depression, or agitation
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Unexplained diseases or infections
- Physical discomfort
Often, long-term facility residents are too disgusted or ashamed to come forward and tell anyone of the hardships they are experiencing. As a result, it is important that families of residents keep a close eye on their loved ones.
A lot has changed over the years in the fight for long-term care facility residents, but too many frail elders are still paying the price for neglect and abuse. As our population gets older, nursing homes must be held accountable when they pay more attention to their profits than the care of their residents.
The lawyers at the McHugh Fuller Law Group have helped hundreds of families find justice when their loved ones suffered abuse in a nursing home. We want to help you, too. Use the form at the right or call (800) 939-5580 to contact us today.