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Alzheimer’s & Nursing Home Abuse

Alzheimer's is a form of dementia, which is associated with memory problems, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. In its early stages, it can be hardly noticeable and the person can attribute their memory lapses to simple forgetfulness.

As the disease progresses, it becomes apparent that something is wrong. The individual becomes disoriented, more confused about events, and their mood and behavior changes. They can experience severe memory loss, and even have trouble swallowing, speaking, and walking.

Often when an elderly adult reaches the more advance stages of Alzheimer's, their family members can no longer care for them, so they decide that a nursing home is the safest place for their loved one to be – a place where they can receive round-the-clock care.

Alzheimer's Creates Vulnerability

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a common and widespread problem, and residents with dementia or Alzheimer's are especially vulnerable because of their cognitive impairments. When people have memory loss, they can have trouble recognizing that they are a victim of abuse, or when they do report it, abusive caregivers can convince family that they're hallucinating or making things up.

If your loved one has Alzheimer's or dementia and you suspect that they're a victim of nursing home abuse, these are some of the warning signs you want to look for:

  • Your loved one is complaining of abuse (It may not be their imagination!)
  • You notice bruising or restraint marks
  • Your loved one is depressed
  • Your loved one shows signs of sexual assault (unexplained injuries)
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Your loved one is afraid of their caregiver
  • A noticeable decrease in health

It's important that we all understand that people with memory problems are some of the most vulnerable residents living in nursing homes. Those who have family to watch out for them are the most fortunate, but sadly, those without visiting relatives often suffer in silence because nobody notices the abuse, or nobody listens when they complain.

If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused, please contact a nursing home abuse attorney for the help your loved one needs.

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