How To Talk To Your Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse
Trusting others to take good care of an aging or disabled loved one can be daunting. From cases of severe neglect to wrongful death, at Moore Law Firm, we handle all types of nursing home abuse claims. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of elders and their families and are committed to holding abusers and nursing home and personal care facilities accountable for their actions.
Identifying Signs Of Abuse And Neglect
Nursing home abuse takes a heavy toll on the most vulnerable members of our society — the elderly and disabled. Abuse may involve neglect, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse. Sometimes abuse can be so subtle that it can be hard to identify, but there are many signs you can look for to protect your loved one.
Some of the most common signs of abuse are behavioral changes such as depression, lack of interest in things your loved one used to enjoy or becoming withdrawn and uninterested in engaging visitors. These changes in behavior can occur over time, so it’s vital to be observant and pay attention to your loved one’s behavior and emotional state.
Physical signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can take the form of bruises, cuts, scars, broken bones and bedsores. Accidents do happen, but if you suspect that someone is being abused or neglected, opening a dialogue about what may be happening could save their life.
Talking To Your Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse
Being reluctant to talk about or claiming not to remember how an injury occurred is common in people who are abused. Your loved one may be embarrassed or afraid to talk about it. They may think that they will not be believed. Nevertheless, it’s important to be straightforward and ask your loved one if they need help. Gently ask if there is anything wrong. It’s essential to listen without interrupting, practice compassion and let your loved one know you believe their story. If your loved one is reticent about sharing information with you, explain that abuse isn’t their fault and you are there to help. Provide information and resources so they understand that nursing home abuse and neglect can happen to anyone and can be stopped if it’s reported.
What To Do If Your Loved One Has Been Abused
If you suspect or identify abuse, speak with your loved one’s caregivers, physicians, nurses and their supervisors and report any abuse or neglect to local law enforcement and the Alabama Department of Senior Services. It’s also vital to contact an experienced attorney who is well-versed in elder law and can advise you on steps to take to protect your loved one’s rights.
If you suspect that a loved one’s injuries or death was caused by nursing home abuse, our compassionate personal injury attorneys at Moore Law Firm can help you find the justice and compensation your family deserves. Call 251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.