The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that over 5% of the 65 or older population live in nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and board-and-care homes. Sadly, many are at serious risk of nursing home abuse or neglect. According to the National Center of Elder Abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms:
Physical neglect: disregard for the necessities of daily living;
Medical neglect: lack of care for existing medical problems;
Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, falls, and bed sores;
Failure to assist in personal hygiene;
Unsanitary and unclean conditions;
Failure to protect from health and safety hazards;
Assault and battery;
Unreasonable physical restraint;
Giving too much or not enough medication;
Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating;
Forcing a person to stay in a room.
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of our society. The Timothy V. Pickell Law Offices are dedicated to seeking justice in their behalf. If you suspect a family member is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact us today for a free consultation.