Nursing home abuse is shockingly common. Even in homes where everything seems fine, residents may face emotional and physical abuse that remains unseen. You can help to protect your loved one against these types of abuse by making frequent visits to their residence, but unless you know what to look for, you may overlook more subtle signs of mistreatment.
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Financial exploitation occurs when someone withholds, steals, or otherwise misuses the assets or money belonging to an older adult. Financial abuse and exploitation can happen in a nursing home or long-term care facility. They can also occur at the hands of a trusted friend, family member, or professional.
According to a 2020 study conducted by the World Health Organization, 2/3rd of nursing home staff admitted to abusing or neglecting residents. This same study found that one in three nursing home residents faced abuse or neglect while living in a facility.
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is an absolute tragedy that either of these observances is necessary. According to the National Center on Aging, one in 10 adults over the age of 60+ has faced abuse. Unbelievably, in 2/3rd of these cases, it’s the adult children or a trusted loved one of the victim who perpetrates the abuse.
On March 9th, 2022, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance helped to secure a record-breaking $15.3 million jury verdict for Michelle McKinney, daughter of Lucille Dubose, who passed while under the care of the Life Care Center of Lawrenceville. Mrs. Dubose was admitted to the facility in November of 2016. A short month later, following complications from severe dehydration and infection from untreated pressure wounds (bed sores), Mrs. Dubose passed.
Neglect is tragically common in nursing homes. It is not, however, always obvious. This makes knowing how to spot signs of neglect very important if you have a loved one in a nursing home.
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an observation that is equal parts tragic and necessary. According to the National Council on Aging, one in ten seniors aged 60 and over face abuse every year, yet only a fraction of these are reported. Some studies have even found that authorities are notified of only one out of every 24 instances of abuse.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is unbelievably common. Tragically, the National Council on Aging has found that only a handful of these cases are even reported. If you are being mistreated by nursing home staff or if you suspect a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in their care facility, it is important to take swift legal action to help prevent future indignities and to restore safety and security.
But who is entitled to take legal action against a nursing home?