Woman with cane in nursing home sitting on bed.

When you entrust your loved one with the staff of a nursing home facility, you assume they will be treated with the care and respect they deserve. The unfortunate reality is that not every resident lives safely or comfortably. Neglect and abuse are common, with many nursing home residents at a high risk for victimization. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that around1 in 6 people 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year.” It also says that this issue will worsen as aging populations increase around the world.  

If you suspect abuse in a Dallas nursing home, it is important to trust your instincts and contact Crowe Arnold & Majors for help. We have over 65 years of experience representing injured persons, helping them inside and outside the courtroom. Schedule a free consultation today.

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Protecting Our Loved Ones: Exposing Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse 

Many types of abuse occur in nursing home facilities, and the signs to look for include the following: 

  • Lack of hygiene: Your loved one may appear disheveled or unwashed. Their clothing may be soiled, their nails unkept, and they may have a strong body odor. If this lack of hygiene is persistent, it may be a sign that the staff is not addressing the residents’ personal needs.  
  • Physical abuse: If you notice cuts and bruises, or even broken bones, in various stages of healing that your family member cannot explain—it may be a red flag that they are being physically abused, which can include slapping, pinching, pushing, or shaking. 
  • Emotional abuse: Is your family member withdrawn or uncommunicative? Are they emotionally upset or agitated? If this is a recurring issue, it may be a sign that they are being subjected to emotional abuse such as humiliation, name-calling, or intimidation. 

The Federal Code of Regulations states that “The resident has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” If you sense something is wrong with your family member, taking swift, decisive action is best.

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Seek Emergency Care If Needed

The results of nursing home abuse or neglect frequently lead to serious health issues and injuries. For example, when you visit, it may be apparent that your family member needs emergency medical care. They may be running a fever, be lethargic, unable to communicate, or in great pain. It is time to call 911 without delay. While your family member receives the emergency medical care they need, the police can investigate to determine if criminal charges are appropriate. 

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Notify Advocacy Organizations

In addition to calling the police, you can notify additional authorities regarding your suspicions. You could contact the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), which provides “professionals, policymakers, and the public information and resources on elder abuse prevention and response to help ensure that older adults age with dignity and respect.” By contacting this type of organization, it could help your loved one and other residents who may also be victimized.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you suspect nursing home abuse, it is vital to speak with a lawyer. At Crowe Arnold & Majors, we work hard to ensure your loved one has the opportunity to seek justice through the legal system. A civil lawsuit could be the answer. A compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer can help your family secure the compensation you need for medical care, as well as emotional damage and mental anguish. Schedule a free consultation today. We can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.