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Elder Abuse is a Widespread Problem

By Wolfe & Associates  Jul. 1, 2011 3:52p

It is estimated that approximately 5 million of our nation’s elderly fall victim to abuse or exploitation. Unfortunately nursing homes and long –term assisted living facilities are a hot bed for abuse. Even the finest facilities have reports of abuse. The problem is so widespread that one in three nursing homes has reports of elder abuse and/or exploitation.

The vast majority of nursing homes and long-term assisted living facilities are at full capacity. Staff shortages plague more than 90 percent of nursing homes across the nation. Unfortunately the people who staff these nursing homes are not typically the highest trained, highest paid, or most educated class of people you can find. Overworked, understaffed and underpaid workers are caring for America’s elderly. Although many of these people have the best of intentions, there are others who victimize elderly patients, giving nursing homes in the United States, a bad reputation. If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, contact a Lubbock personal injury attorney today!

Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home negligence takes on many forms. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, negligence and financial exploitation. Unfortunately, when you ask a victim about their abuse, they may be reluctant to admit the abuse is going on. Fear of embarrassment, disbelief or simply fear of their aggressor can prohibit them from telling you the truth.

Since the elder patient may or may not have their physical and mental facilities, it is important that their friends and loved ones stay vigilant. Be alert to signs of physical abuse. Restraint marks, bedsores, and unexplained bruising are all signs of physical abuse.

Signs of neglect can include unwashed hair, foul odors, long, unclipped nails, soiled clothing or bed sheets, unkempt bathroom and living quarters. Also watch for sudden weight loss, or extreme lethargy (potential sign of overmedicating).

Sexual abuse is also a real concern, but it may also be one that your loved one is afraid to talk about. Financial exploitation can mean stealing from their wallet or purse, stealing jewelry or other valuable items. It can also mean using their debit card, credit card or checkbook among others.

Nursing home negligence is an unfortunate, yet very real concern. If you suspect nursing home negligence, contact a Lubbock nursing home negligence lawyer from Wolfe & Associates today.

Contact a Lubbock nursing home negligence attorney from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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