Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

When your loved one becomes too elderly or ill you place your trust with medical and healthcare facilities and professionals in hopes of top quality of care. Unfortunately, elderly care facilities are not created equal and your loved ones could be at risk of suffering abuse, neglect, or personal injury. The top way you can best protect your loved one is by personally visiting their facility and having a clear understanding of the behaviors that constitute abuse and neglect under Texas law. Neglect can fall under the categories of neglect of basic needs and medical neglect. This neglect could present itself as inadequate or lack of nutrition, hygiene, hydration, failing to address medical needs and more.

Signs of Neglect

Signs of neglect can include, but are not limited to:

  • • Bed sores
  • • Dehydration
  • • Dirty and unsafe living conditions
  • • Inadequate or spoiled food
  • • Malnourishment
  • • Mobility issues
  • • Poor hygiene
  • • Sepsis
  • • Unusual weight loss

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of physical abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • • Improper use of restraints
  • • Lack of mobility aids
  • • Sexual abuse
  • • Sprains
  • • Suspicious injuries

Signs of Mental & Emotional Abuse

Signs of mental and emotional abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • • Gaslighting the resident
  • • Insulting the residents
  • • Intimidating the resident
  • • Isolating the resident
  • • Manipulating the resident
  • • Threatening the resident
  • • Yelling at the resident

Signs of Financial Exploitation

Signs of financial exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  • • Empty bank accounts
  • • Forged signatures
  • • Identify theft
  • • Questionable charges on credit cards
  • • Suspicious estate plan modifications
  • • Unauthorized withdrawals
  • • Unpaid housing or pharmacy bills
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