ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLIGENCE
Have you got a few grey hairs? Are you getting on in years?
Then you might be like the Senior Partner in our law firm. He is getting older but hates to be called old.
What he hates even more though is when the elderly people are abused. He really hates that.
Elder abuse can take many different forms and can happen just about anywhere, even in nursing homes. The abuse can be financial, physical, or psychological.
Right now we want to provide a bit of information about elder abuse in nursing homes.
How does it happen?
Elder abuse in nursing homes is becoming more widespread. As much as you might love your mum, dad, grandmother or grandfather, you can’t be there every minute of the day to look after them.
Sometimes that abuse can be at the hands of employees of nursing homes, sometimes at the hands of relatives, and sometimes not intended but rather through neglect.
Nursing homes are often found to be negligent in a variety of circumstances. These include, for example, not attending to medical conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, or pneumonia as well as many others.
Other forms of neglect can include psychological abuse such as intimidation of elderly people.
Parking an elderly person in front of the television for 8 to 10 hours a day with no mental stimulation in our view can amount to elder abuse.
It can cause depression, anxiety, or even aggravate dementia. There can be physical assaults made on older persons in nursing homes.
You often hear about nursing home patients being dropped because of a lack of staff or being left sitting in a bath for hours without a means of getting out.
What to do?
Many of these actions can form the basis of the claim in negligence or breach of contract.
If you or a loved one have not been given proper care in a nursing home, you should call us.
If you think a loved one has been abused or neglected, you should contact us.
We can go to the nursing home and visit them, we can meet you in your own home and give you advice. Most important of all we can help.
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