Entrusting your parent or loved one to a nursing home or other elder care facility can be a difficult decision. If you ultimately decide to place your loved one in an elder care facility, you should still monitor them to ensure they are well taken care of, and not abused or taken advantage of.
At Morgan & Morgan, we recognize nursing home abuse in Alabama for its grave injustice, and want to help protect the elderly in our state.
People of all ages deserve to be treated with dignity, especially those with limited ability to care for themselves. Our elder abuse lawyers in Birmingham are proud to have helped families throughout the state get justice for aged relatives who have been abused, neglected, traumatized, or injured by nursing home negligence and staff abuse. They may be able to help you too, so contact us to find out more.
The Increasing Problem of Nursing Home Abuse
Americans are living longer than ever, but are still plagued by age-related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Other diseases that make taking care of oneself more difficult also tend crop up more frequently in old age, like diabetes and limited mobility diseases, among others. At a time when kind and compassionate care is most needed, the elderly too often don’t receive it.
The nursing home industry was once dominated by small retirement homes, government-run facilities, and responsible religious entities, but has increasingly attracted large companies concerned with profit, and not necessarily the quality of care provided to your family members. This industry boom has led to limited oversight for the many facilities that now exist, and where profit could be the main objective. As a result, your loved one’s needs suffer to the detriment of their health and well being.
Common Signs of Abuse
The Alabama Aging and Disability Resource Center provides some important tips on recognizing elder abuse and how to go about eliminating it.
Several other ways of determining if elder abuse is taking place exist:
- Unexplained and recurring bruises
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Consistently poor hygiene
- Extreme fear or anxiety
- Unexplained infections
- Unexplained injuries
This is just a start. You should follow up on any abnormalities in your loved one’s behavior, physical appearance, or nursing home situation.
Contact a Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
People who suspect their elderly loved ones have experienced nursing home abuse or neglect are often unsure of what to do. The next step can often be unclear after reasonable questions about a loved one’s conditions and care have been ignored.
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous nursing home abuse claims and may be able to help you plan your next move. There is no cost for a consultation, and you won’t pay one of our attorneys a cent unless they win your case.
Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today if you would like to learn more about how one of our attorneys may be able to help.