Causes of Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect
Abuse and neglect at an assisted living facility often occurs as a result of the facility admitting or retaining residents who need a higher level of care. The facility can no longer meet the needs of a resident who essentially needs skilled nursing care at a nursing home, and neglect and abuse of the elderly are the foreseeable results.
Types of Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect
Assisted living abuse and neglect can take many different forms, including:
- Physical abuse: Intentional, willful or reckless action or inaction against a vulnerable adult that causes physical pain or mental anguish.
- Emotional abuse: Verbal conduct that causes mental anguish, fear, or distress.
- Sexual abuse: Any form of nonconsensual contact with a vulnerable adult.
- Financial exploitation: The improper use of the property, income or resources of a vulnerable adult.
- Neglect: A pattern of conduct that fails to prevent physical or mental harm to an elderly person.
Signs of Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect
Assisted living abuse and neglect can be hard to detect, but there are some signs to look out for:
- Unexplained injuries such as bruises, fractures or sprains
- Sudden changes in mood
- Poor hygiene or unclean conditions
- Failure to ensure nutrition or hydration
- Failure to take needed medications
Guarding against Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect
It’s important to visit frequently and advocate for your loved one. You can file a complaint with the local ombudsman or with the Department of Social and Health Services. You can also contact an attorney with experience in handling cases against assisted living facilities involving abuse or neglect.
There is no downside to contacting an attorney if you are considering filing a lawsuit over assisted living abuse or neglect. The assisted living facility will have experienced legal representation. Retaining an attorney with extensive medical and legal expertise is likely to make a real difference in your case’s outcome.
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