You are probably here because you suspect that an elderly loved one like a granparent is being abused or neglected by the staff at a nursing home. We are here to help. With over 1.5 million elderly adults living in nursing homes throughout the United States, neglect and abusive behavior towards nursing home residents has become more prevalent because not all nursing homes are created equal. Some nursing homes are established simply as a money-making tool for owners and they maximize profits by hiring unqualified and incompetent staff, operating in flimsy facilities and failing to address the needs of their clients (i.e. your elderly loved ones).
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. Here are just a few examples:
- Physical assault and/or sexual assault
- Bedsores / Pressure ulcers
- Involuntary physical restraint
- Preventable injuries such as falls
- Dehydration or malnutrition leading to dramatic weight loss
- Failure to provide adequate medical care
Many family members who suspect abuse is occurring simply bite their tongue because they don’t want to cause problems for their elderly loved one. Do not make this mistake. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, speak to an attorney to discuss the situation.
If it turns out your loved one is the victim of abuse and/or neglect, a nursing home abuse claim can be pursued in order to obtain damages and to ensure that the negligent and illegal practices are ceased.
- North Carolina General Statutes § 14-32.3 Domestic abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled or elder adults
- North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
- Adult Protective Services Task Force
To get additional information about nursing home neglgect/abuse, read this article written by an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in North Carolina.
To learn about your nursing home facility and whether they have been cited for nursing home abuse in the past, take a look at this web site, memberofthefamily.net.
Here is a link to an article discussing how to choose a quality nursing home and what to look out for when it comes to nursing home abuse.