Proving Nursing Home Abuse
Our elders deserve our respect and support, especially in times of need. Nursing homes are meant to look after their physical and medical needs when they are unable to care for themselves properly, but some nursing home workers take advantage of their vulnerability and become abusive. It is a tragedy every time a person in a care facility is abused, but we can limit the suffering by looking for signs of abuse early and bringing abusers to justice.
Physical trauma is often the most visible form of abuse. While some elderly people are more prone to bruising than others, severe bruises or a number of smaller bruises can be signs of abuse, especially if that person does not have a history of bruising easily. Aside from trauma like bruises and scrapes, more indirect physical abuse can take the form of inadequate nutrition or sanitation. It is also possible to sustain injuries simply from being immobilized for too long.
Mental and Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
Emotional and psychological abuse often accompanies physical abuse, leaving seniors in care facilities feeling helpless or worthless. Emotional and psychological abuse can be devastating for anyone. This type of abuse may be visible as fear of future suffering or injury, anxiety about interacting with caretakers, and feelings of vulnerability, among other signs.
It is also considered a form of abuse when nursing home workers deny residents the opportunity to see their families or to have meaningful social interaction. Depending on the circumstances, anyone who denies elders the chance to pursue pastimes they enjoy, to interact with others, and to enjoy life in general may be found guilty of abuse.
If you suspect that someone you love is being abused in a care facility, you are entitled to take action to help them escape the abuse and to bring those responsible to justice. The compassionate Kankakee nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. can help you. To discuss your case directly with a lawyer, contact Spiros Law, P.C. today at (815) 929-9292.