Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Seniors

Seniors

Unfortunately and sadly, in the state of Oklahoma there are too many reports of elder abuse occurring in state and private ran facilities to list in this blog. Signs of nursing home neglect are horrific, and the physical and emotional damage that is being done by the various agencies, care givers and specialized homes that are well paid, and more importantly entrusted by family members, to properly care for their family and friends is appalling.  This is not an easy issue to touch on due to the sensitivity of the notion that there may be a possibility of abuse taking place in a facility that you have family placed or abuse is being inflicted to one of your family members specifically. Residents of nursing homes are protected by both state and federal law from abuse by nursing home employees. But it is a mistake to rely solely on government agencies to identify and take action against elder abuse in Oklahoma nursing homes. Instead, the responsibility for taking action against elder abuse usually falls on the shoulders of family members of nursing home residents who should be steadfast in identifying elder abuse has occurred and then working with an experienced Oklahoma elder abuse attorney to obtain justice on behalf of victims and deterring further elder abuse. The Law Office of Jones Brown Law is ready to listen and help you and your family get justice.

Signs of Elder Abuse

So let’s get into it. What are some of the signs of elder abuse?

Physical Signs:

  • Injury that has not been cared for properly
  • Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation for its cause;
  • Pain when touched;
  • Cuts, puncture wounds, burns, bruises, welts;
  • Dehydration or malnutrition without illness-related cause;
  • Poor skin color;
  • Sunken eyes or cheeks;
  • Inappropriate administration of medication;
  • Soiled clothing or bed;
  • Lack of necessities such as food, water, or utilities;
  • Lack of personal effects, pleasant living environment, personal items; or
  • Forced isolation.
Senior Male

Senior Male

Behavioral Signs

  • Vulnerable Adult
  • Fear;
  • Anxiety, agitation;
  • Anger;
  • Isolation, withdrawal;
  • Depression;
  • Non-responsiveness, resignation, ambivalence;
  • Contradictory statements, implausible stories;
  • Hesitation to talk openly; or
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Caregiver
  • Prevents vulnerable adult from speaking to or seeing visitors;
  • Anger, indifference, aggressive behavior toward vulnerable adult;
  • History of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior or family violence;
  • Lack of affection toward vulnerable adult;
  • Flirtation or coyness as possible indicator of inappropriate sexual relationship;
  • Conflicting accounts of incidents;
  • Speaks of vulnerable adult as a burden; or
  • Believes vulnerable adult could do more self care than actually capable of.

Environmental Signs:

  • Accumulations, hoarding;
  • Inadequate shelter;
  • Drug paraphernalia;
  • Inadequate or spoiled food;
  • Offensive odors;
  • Multiple prescription bottles from multiple doctors or pharmacies;
  • Inadequate sanitation for pets; or
  • Vermin infestation.

 

Elder Care

Elder Care

Financial Signs:

  •  Frequent expensive gifts from vulnerable adult to caregiver;
  • Vulnerable adult’s personal belongings, papers, credit cards missing;
  • Numerous unpaid bills;
  • A recent will when vulnerable adult seems incapable of writing will;
  • Signing over deeds to property;
  • Caregiver’s name added to bank account;
  • Vulnerable adult unaware of monthly income;
  • Vulnerable adult signs on loan;
  • Frequent checks made out to “cash;”
  • Unusual activity in bank account;
  • Irregularities on tax return;
  • Vulnerable adult unaware of reason for appointment with banker or attorney;
  • Caregiver’s refusal to spend money on vulnerable adult; or
  • Signatures on checks or legal documents that do not resemble vulnerable adult’s.

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Social Security Disability

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Once it is time to take the step to place a loved one in a nursing home, it can be confusing and emotional. You want to make sure their every need and accommodation is carefully attended to on a daily basis, and you hope they are in the best hands when you can’t be there.

We would love to trust the staff in nursing homes to take the best care of your loved one, but sometimes you can’t be sure.

Nursing home neglect has become on of the biggest problems in the United States today. If you or a loved one have been unfairly treated or neglected by a nursing home facility, we can help. Contact the Law Office of Jones Brown PLLC by CLICKING HERE. Our professional and experienced staff of attorneys and lawyers are ready to help you and your family get justice.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.okdhs.org/services/aps/pages/warning.aspx

http://www.aginginplace.org/guide-to-recognizing-elder-abuse/

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