The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is among some of the government agencies that assist in overseeing the services and care nursing homes provide to the elderly. Even though these are government agencies overseeing these types of services, abuse continues to occur too often. If you trusted a nursing home, assisted living facility or residential care facility to take care of a family member or loved one, and now you suspect abuse, you are not alone. Sadly, abuse among our elderly citizens is a common occurrence. Elder abuse may take an active form involving hitting, punching, kicking, restraining or sexually assaulting a senior. Elder abuse may also be passive, failing to provide adequate nutrition, medical care, hygiene or sufficient activity. Some reasons why elder abuse occurs include: inadequate staff training, lack of employee care and attention, low paying wages and a shortage of staff available at the nursing home facility. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every reported instance of nursing home abuse, five incidents go unreported. Incidents of abuse are rarely reported to the proper authorities. Residents may be reluctant to complain for fear of retaliation or embarrassment and family and friends of the victim might be unaware of the common warning signs.
Here are some of the warning signs that tend to indicate that some form of neglect or elder abuse is occurring:
At ElderLawLexington | McClelland & Associates, we are experts at representing individuals and families who have been subjected to elder abuse. If you or a loved one has suffered from this most unfortunate situation, contact us so that we may assist you. Although the attorneys at ElderLawLexington do not handle elder abuse cases, we are trained to counsel clients about how to deal with an report abuse.