Moving an elderly family member into a nursing home or assisted living facility is never easy. It can immediately put a strain on finances and emotions. Entrusting the care to a stranger is a new experience, but sometimes the long-term care of a parent or grandparent cannot be provided at home. This is where nursing homes and assisted living facilities take over.

These facilities are supposed to provide the best care and treatment to loved ones. But there are always exceptions to this. There are places that do more home to your loved one than providing care. When this happens, it may be confusing on how to proceed to which actions you can take. During this time it is important to seek out advice and counsel of the lawyers at Joe and Martin to investigate and litigates the claims that involve neglect and abuse of nursing homes and assisted living facility residents.

Federal and State laws have been put forth to protect your loved ones. These laws and regulations are in place to ensure that residents receive the best care and treatment possible. These same laws are supposed to protect from physical, mental and even sexual abuse and neglect. Yet, nursing home residents are often victims at the same hands of the people who have been entrusted to care for them.

Unfortunately, it often falls to the families and friends of nursing home residents to recognize tell-tale signs of neglect or abuse and bring it to the attention of the nursing home staff, or even report it to the appropriate state authorities.

Common signs of abuse or neglect include;
• Bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers and skin breakdown.
• Malnutrition and Dehydration
• Broken bones, cuts, bruises or other unexplained injuries may be signs of neglect or abuse to the resident.
• Frequent bruising, cuts, head injuries or broken bones.
• Mental or Emotional state changes. Unexplained crying or becoming withdrawn are just a few of the emotional symptoms.
• Leaving the facility without supervision or permission is a common sign of neglect.
• Being lethargic or difficult to wake could be a sign of using medication to restrain a resident.
• Misdiagnosis of physical and mental conditions, medical treatment delays.

Any of these signs of neglect or abuse may cause severe injury to a resident and in some cases may even cause the resident’s premature and wrongful death. If you suspect that your loved one, a friend or any nursing home resident is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, assisted living facility or any other care facility, it is important to take immediate action to see that your loved one is protected.

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Joe and Martin are ready to assist you representing nursing home residents and their families. We have the experience to litigate your case. We are standing by to assist you. Please give us a call today at 1-843-357-8888.

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