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Advances in medical science, better nutrition and eradication of serious diseases all contribute to more people living a long life. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy is 78.7 years. With citizens living longer, the need for nursing home care, assisted living, home health care and other services for the elderly are also increasing. As of 2019 there were 1,246,079 residents living in nursing homes in the United States. For the same year, there were 7,558 people residing in a Rhode Island nursing home.
The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. Families worry about the quality of care and attention their loved one will receive and with good reason. Residents of nursing homes are among the most vulnerable population we have. Elderly patients are at least partially and oftentimes completely reliant on facilities staff for their daily needs.
The law offices of Marasco & Nesselbush are nursing home abuse lawyers who help victims of Rhode Island nursing home abuse hold facilities accountable for their abuse or neglect. If you or a loved one have suffered abuse while a resident in a nursing home, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush for legal advice today. (401) 738-7700.
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Types Of Elder Abuse And Neglect In Nursing Homes
Nursing home neglect is the intentional or unintentional failure to provide proper care to nursing home residents. When a facility fails to meet the needs of loved ones that have been entrusted to their care, it is a form of elder abuse and residents may be due financial compensation for damages according to personal injury law. Attorneys specializing in Rhode Island nursing home abuse can give legal advice pertaining specifically to your nursing home abuse case.
Nursing home residents can be neglected in many ways. Some examples of nursing home neglect include:
- Providing insufficient food or water or failing to assist in eating or drinking if needed.
- Allowing a resident to remain in soiled clothes, unchanged bedding, lack of incontinence care.
- Insufficient bathing, showering, daily dental care
- Failure to give required medications
- Ignoring requests for help or assistance
- Leaving a resident alone and unattended
- Dismissing complaints
- Unsanitary physical surroundings, dirty bedroom
- Ignoring safety concerns and health complaints
Nursing home neglect is serious, sometimes life-threatening and always against the law. If you are concerned that a loved one is being neglected in a facility in Warwick it is critical that you report your concerns to the proper authorities, ensure your family members safety, and seek the help of a lawyer. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages as a result of neglect. For legal help contact a lawyer with nursing home neglect experience.
Signs of nursing home neglect include:
- Bed Sores
- Weight Loss
- Declining physical condition with no medical cause
- Unexplained death
Nursing home abuse differs from neglect in that neglect is concerned with what action is not taken that negatively impacts a nursing home resident. Abuse is concerned with action that is taken that harms a resident. It is unthinkable that an elderly resident in a care facility could be intentionally harmed but it happens, and more often than we’d like to think. Nursing home abuse takes different forms and all are against the law and reprehensible. A facility that allows abuse of a resident needs to be held accountable for their actions. Victims of nursing home abuse deserve full and complete financial compensation for their injuries.
Physical Abuse includes hitting, slapping, punching, shoving, grabbing, hitting with an object, unnecessary restraint. Nursing home physical abuse against a senior is likely to cause injury and sometimes leads to death.
Symptoms or Signs of Nursing Home Physical Abuse
- Unexplained bruises
- Broken glasses
- Fear of a certain staff member or resident
- Declining mental or physical condition with no known medical cause.
- Broken bones
If you suspect a loved one in a nursing home is being physically abused, contact local authorities immediately and then contact A Rhode Island nursing home abuse lawyer. An attorney can help you gather and preserve evidence to prove your case. A nursing home abuse lawyer understands the laws governing facilities and will best know how to proceed with the legal aspects of your case.
Marasco & Nesselbush is a law firm with in-depth knowledge of Warwick nursing home abuse laws. They help families pursue justice and compensation if a loved one has been injured in a nursing home. Not all lawyers understand the state laws governing nursing home abuse and that can negatively affect your case.
Sexual Abuse occurs in nursing homes at an unthinkable rate and most professionals agree that the incidence of sexual abuse in a nursing home are underreported. Failure to report sexual abuse commonly occurs because the victims are either too incapacitated to make a report, attempt to make a report but they aren’t taken seriously, or are too afraid to report an attack for fear of reprocussions.
Emotional Abuse may be the hardest type of abuse to legally prove unless it is witnessed directly. Signs of emotional abuse in a loved one can often mimic the normal aging process or be mistaken as symptoms of a disease. Emotional abuse has real consequences for residents and leads to depression, fear, anxiety, and in some severe cases, even death. Emotional abuse is often combined with other forms of abuse. An attorney with experience in nursing home abuse cases can help families who are concerned about a loved one experiencing emotional abuse in a care center or nursing home.
Families put their trust in nursing homes and care centers and when that trust is broken and abuse or neglect occurs, it is devastating. Often family members feel guilty and wonder what else they could have done to prevent it from happening. Abuse of care center residents rests solely on the staff and owners of these facilities. They have a duty to care for people and keep them healthy and safe. When that duty is breached, it’s time to contact an attorney.
The law offices of Marasco & Nesselbush are a team of compassionate, understanding and dedicated attorneys who believe nursing homes owners should be held accountable for any abuse or neglect that happens in their facility. If you have a loved one who has suffered, abuse, neglect or tragically, a wrongful death, contact Marasco & Nesselbush for a free consultation. (401) 738-7700.