When you look for a nursing home for your loved one, chances are, you’re going to only want the best choices possible. While it is normal to look for up-to-date, modern facilities and staff members who conduct themselves professionally, unfortunately, no facility is completely immune to the risk of nursing home abuse.
Some of the factors that may make it difficult to predict or even spot nursing home abuse include:
The management knows there is a problem at the nursing home but may be instructed by owners to skim expenses by cutting training procedures or avoiding hiring new employees. When those who run facilities actively try to cover up problems that can result in abuse, it may be harder to recognize warning signs during visits.
Many of the residents currently in nursing homes could very well be victims of nursing home abuse but because of the generation in which they grew up (Great Depression, WWII) have been taught to deal with problems on their own or to just press on.
When staff unfairly isolate residents, threaten or verbally abuse them, you may not be able to see physical signs of a struggle. When you couple this with the fact that many residents suffer from severe illness or problems such as dementia, they may not even be able to coherently speak up for themselves or articulate the abuse they are suffering.
The signs of nursing home abuse can be subtle and masked in spotless hallways, expensive facilities, and crisp uniforms but its effects are no doubt devastating. If you have suspicions of nursing home abuse, even in a seemingly impeccable facility, an attorney can help you get to the bottom of the matter. When necessary, you may find that protecting the well being of your loved one involves filing a Hawaii nursing home claim.
When your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you can take action with a nursing home injury claim. Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on the healing of your loved one. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (808) 740-0633.