Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, and when harm comes to those loved ones due to neglect or abuse, it is devastating. Nursing home residents are, by nature, very vulnerable, and any lapse in their care or any mistreatment can cause a downward spiral in their health and quickly lead to premature death. Many patients are too frightened to report abuse or are incapable of recognizing neglect. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse Techmeier Law Firm can help you hold the abusers responsible and get the compensation that you deserve.
Nursing Home Neglect is Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home neglect is abuse. It can quickly turn dangerous or deadly. Neglect includes failure to provide:
- Protection from safety hazards
- Medical care
- Adequate nutrition
- Adequate hydration
- Clean clothing and bedding
- Assistance with bathroom needs
Neglect can cause a physically healthy nursing home resident to develop life-threatening health problems, some from which they may never be able to recover. Lack of supervision and failure to protect residents from safety hazards can mean accidents causing life-altering or fatal injuries.
Mental and Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes
Abuse is not always physical. Mental and emotional abuse can be devastating to nursing home residents, causing them to withdraw from activities, stop eating, and even have a heart attack or stroke. Mental and emotional abuse can be very difficult to spot because there are no physical injuries involved. Behavioral changes and weight loss are often the only signs of this type of abuse.
Victims of mental and emotional abuse are often too frightened to report it. The abuser may threaten to harm the resident or a family member. Sings of emotional abuse include:
- Disorientation or confusion
- Obvious fear
- Refusal to respond or communicate
- Unusual behavior such as sucking, biting, or rocking
- Unjustified enforced isolation
- Rude or derogatory comments from staff
Other forms of nursing home abuse
Physical abuse and sexual abuse are unfortunate realities in some nursing homes. Physical abuse can include outright violence such as kicking and hitting or more subtle abuse including rough handling or unnecessary restraint.
Sexual abuse includes physical assault such as rape or sodomy, but can also occur with no touching in the form of coerced nudity and even sexually explicit photographing of residents.
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse you must act quickly to stop the abuse. Their life may depend on it. If your loved one is being abused in Wisconsin, please contact the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm of Wisconsin today.