Elder Abuse Lawyers in Wisconsin
When you pay for your family or loved ones to reside at an assisted living facility or nursing home, your expectation is that they will be cared for properly and treated with respect and dignity. In the U.S., the negligent care and even abuse of residents in a nursing facility is a problem that is often not handled in the proper manner.
Common Signs of Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes
With the rising prevalence of neglect and abuse in America’s nursing homes, it is up to the family members of nursing home residents to be on the lookout for warning signs, including things like:
- Rapid weight loss
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
- Developing bedsores
- Falls, especially if they become more than an isolated incident
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
- Unusual depression or lack of interest in activities they previously enjoyed
- Staff substituting strong medications or sedatives for supervision
- Changes to a will or power of attorney
- Financial problems
- Caretakers being unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for a patient’s condition
While both State and Federal laws are in place to protect Wisconsin’s elderly residents in nursing facilities, some of the most vulnerable people in our society are victimized every single day. As the family of a nursing home patient, you need to trust your instinct when it comes to identifying situations that may be identified as abuse or neglect.
Nursing home residents have the right to adequate care that, at a minimum, meets their basic physical and psychological needs. If you or someone you love has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, then contact Gingras, Cates & Wachs: