If you're considering moving an elderly loved one into a nursing facility, or your loved one is already a resident of a Georgia nursing home, you may be concerned about the possibility of abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, your fears are far from unfounded.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is an all too common occurrence in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse, such as neglect,
financial exploitation, or psychological, physical, or sexual harm.
Sadly, some of the most vulnerable residents—those who are socially isolated, disabled, or suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease—are the most at risk.
Do you suspect abuse or neglect at your loved one's nursing facility? If they were a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, they may be entitled to compensation. Read on to learn more about preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse, as well as how our attorneys can help you seek damages.
Choosing a Nursing Home
When selecting a nursing home, your research should go beyond just investigating if the facility has past complaints of abuse. Watch for potentially problematic conditions, like a high patient-to-staff ratio, high staff turnover rate, poorly-trained staff, or a lack of abuse prevention policies.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Once your loved one has moved into a nursing home, it's important to watch for these common signs of abuse or neglect:
- Dehydration or malnourishment
- Changes in behavior
- Medication errors
- Failure to have their needs met by facility staff members
- Failure to notify you or their physician of a change in condition
- Failure to appropriately monitor and supervise residents and staff members
Other Tips for Keeping Your Elderly Loved One Safe
- Visit regularly, if you can. Have other friends and family members to drop in when you can't.
- Schedule regular phone calls or video chats with your loved one. Being involved in their life and care can help you spot signs of abuse.
- Develop a friendly relationship with the facility's staff. Call regularly to check in on your loved one and discuss their care.
- Keep an eye on your loved one's finances. Significant financial changes may be a sign that someone is taking advantage of them.
Consult a Knowledgeable Attorney About Your Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Case
If your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect at a Georgia nursing home, it's important to understand that you're not to blame. The skilled attorneys with Van Sant Law can help you report the abuse to the appropriate authorities, investigate the victim's right to compensation, and identify the liable parties and hold them accountable. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation.