Making the decision to place your elderly loved one in a nursing home is not an easy one to make. It’s likely that you did a lot of research on the nursing homes near you before choosing the one that best suits your elder’s situation and budget.
Unfortunately, physical nursing home abuse is fairly common in the United States and occurs at even some of the most expensive facilities. Read on to learn the most common physical abuse that residents endure while staying in nursing homes.
Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
This type of abuse occurs when someone intentionally imposes harm on an elderly patient that results in pain or injury. This type of abuse can involve, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Striking the patient with a hand or an object
- Restraining the patient against their will
If an elder has endured physical abuse, they may experience any of the following:
- Burns and scalds
- Head injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
- Internal injuries
Be sure to note if the nursing home staff tells you that your loved one inflicted the damage upon themselves. If this type of behavior is not typical of your loved one, foul play may be involved.
If your loved one suddenly stops accepting visitors or if the facility won’t let you visit with your loved one alone, this could be a red flag that your elder is enduring abuse.
We Can Help
If you suspect your loved one is enduring abuse while staying in a nursing home, our attorneys here at Benoit Law Firm, PLLC may be able to help. Our team has secured justice for many nursing home residents that have been abused, and we can help your family, too. Don’t wait—contact our office with your case right away.