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10 Easy Ways to Spot Nursing Home Abuse
It can be a very difficult decision to move a loved one out of his or her house and place them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. In many cases, the move is a necessity because he or she can no longer live safely by themselves either from a medical condition or simply old age. Leaving your parent or grandparent in the hands of strangers is a very stressful decision, especially with the recent reports of nursing home abuse across the country.
Because nursing home residents are often defenseless and vulnerable they are often easy targets for physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse from employees. If your loved one has been abused at a nursing home or assisted living facility, you need to take legal action. Contact the Cedar Rapids injury attorneys at the Pete Leehey Law Office, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Signs of Abuse
The majority of nursing home abuse cases go unreported. That is why it is so important to be aware of how your loved one is behaving so you can be on the lookout for suspicious behavior. Some things to look for are:
- Very withdrawn with others (including family)
- Fearful or anxious behavior
- Frequent bruises or lacerations
- Unexplained accidents or injuries
- Rapid weight loss
- Avoids any intimate contact
- Unexplained death of resident
- Bruises on breasts or thighs, or vaginal and anal bleeding (sexual abuse)
- State of confusion
- Damaged property indicating struggle
To speak with a qualified legal professional about your options, contact the personal injury lawyers of Pete Leehey Law Office, P.C., today at (319) 294-4424.