According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “elderly who live in residential settings that offer long-term supportive services are at particular risk for abuse and neglect. They are particularly vulnerable because most suffer from several chronic diseases that lead to limitations in physical and cognitive functioning and are dependent on others. In addition, many are either unable to report abuse or neglect or fearful that such reporting may lead to retaliation or otherwise negatively affect their lives.”
Physical nursing home abuse is a serious problem that occurs in every corner of the United States. Read on to learn more.
Physical Nursing Home Abuse
No matter how you look at it, physical abuse is assault. The following are some of the most common forms of physical abuse that elders endure in nursing homes:
- Inappropriate use of restraints
- Unnecessary confinement
- Using drugs to alter their state of consciousness
- Other actions using undue force
Regardless of whether a patient is combative or hard to handle, there’s never an excuse for a doctor, nurse, assistant, or another staff member to conduct violence, assault, or other forms of physical abuse.
Warning Signs of Physical Abuse
It won’t always be immediately apparent that your loved one is being physically abused. The following are some warning signs that your loved one may be enduring physical abuse:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, welts, or other injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Improper distribution of medication
- Dislocated joints
- Unexplained soft tissue injuries
- Broken glasses, hearing aids, and other devices
- Marks on wrists from restraints
- Your loved one fears a particular caregiver
- A caregiver who refuses to allow you any alone time with your loved one
If you fear that your loved one is being physically abused while staying in a nursing home, you need to take action right away. Our attorneys here at Benoit Law Firm, PLLC have helped many other people in similar situations, and we may be able to help you, too. Don’t delay—your loved one has no time to waste. Contact our office right away with any questions you may have.
Call the Charlotte lawyers at Benoit Law Firm, PLLC today at (877) 909-4088 to speak with an attorney about your case.