Making the decision to place an elderly family member in a nursing home is never easy for a family. Often the decision is made based on the increasing care needs of the loved one combined with the challenges of providing that level of care outside of a Poplar Grove nursing home.
While the majority of caregivers, medical professionals, and facility administrators work diligently to provide the best possible medical attention as well as general care, this is not always the case. When nursing home neglect occurs, an attorney specializing in this area of the law will be instrumental in getting your loved one the care he or she deserves.
Those Most at Risk
Residents of these facilities that are most at risk for nursing home neglect are the elderly who are not able to speak for themselves. This often includes individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia that make communication difficult. Patients with communication issues due to stroke or other neurological conditions are also more likely to become victims of nursing home neglect.
Individuals in Popular Grove nursing facilities with infrequent visitors and who are more isolated from the family are also a population is at higher risk of neglect.
Unfortunately, nursing home staff that is neglecting or abusing patients often have extensive explanations for bruises, isolation of the patient or for issues the patient may try to communicate to the family.
The family may notice the patient has unexplained issues with weight loss, increasing problems with bed sores or injuries or is kept in a room that is not clean and well-maintained. In some cases, the resident of the nursing home may be confined to his or her room or even to the bed, further creating social isolation.
Talking to an attorney and filing a report with the authorities at the first signs of neglect or abuse in the nursing home is important. This will provide you with the opportunity to seek damages and compensation for your loved one for what they have had to endure.
At Fisk & Monteleone, Ltd. our attorneys can provide the legal representation required for cases involving nursing home neglect. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, see us at www.yourrockfordlawyers.com.
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