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Physical abuse of the elderly can go undetected because many nursing home residents are unable to communicate what’s happening to them, or they have no one to tell. When you have loved ones in a nursing home, it is important to visit them frequently and be alert to any changes in their physical or mental condition.
If you suspect that your elderly friend or family member is being abused, immediately contact an attorney with experience representing abuse victims in the Bay Area. The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have been working to protect seniors for decades.
Physical abuse includes sexual assault and overmedicating of seniors
Physical abuse is the most common type of elder abuse, and it comprises battery and sexual assault as well as under- and overmedicating. When you visit your loved one, look for bruises, unnecessary restraints, drowsiness, drooling, split lips, and torn or bloodstained clothing. If you suspect your friend or family member is being harmed, seek the help of experienced elder abuse lawyers as soon as possible. You should also contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP if you believe that abuse led to the wrongful death of your loved one.
California law prohibits neglect in nursing homes
Elder abuse laws in California prohibit the neglect of elderly residents of nursing homes. Neglect is most prevalent in facilities with high turnover of staff. Neglect occurs when the senior is denied proper food, clothing, supervision, healthcare and privacy. Signs to look for include poor hygiene, foul odors, dirty or missing clothing, unexplained weight loss, bedsores, improperly fitting dentures, nonfunctioning hearing aids and unnecessary isolation.
Psychological abuse is difficult to detect
Mental abuse is harder to detect than physical abuse, but they often go hand in hand. Emotional abuse also is a byproduct of financial abuse or scams that specifically target the elderly. Mental abuse encompasses many actions, including:
If your relative appears nervous or moody, you should be alert to other possible signs of mental abuse, which include:
- Insistence by staffers that they be present when you visit
- Staffers speaking for your relative
- Restrictions on the resident’s movements or privacy
Aggressive advocacy for elder abuse victims in California
If you believe a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact an attorney who is experienced with cases involving physical and financial abuse of seniors. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP today at 1-408-956-6949. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.