Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
One of the hardest decisions we’ll make in our lifetime is to place our elderly loved one in a nursing home. It’s often unavoidable as our loved ones advance in age and become more disabled and need care around the clock. Unfortunately, our Charleston nursing home abuse attorney in Charleston SC has had to represent clients whose loved ones have been victims of nursing home abuse.
How Prevalent is Nursing Home Abuse?
Sadly, nursing home abuse is all too common. Research from one study reported that as many as 24.3% of residents are mistreated at least once during their stay. However, it’s believed that nursing home abuse is underreported and that it likely occurs more often.
Abuse of our elderly can take many forms, including emotional, physical, sexual, and financial types of abuse. Untreated bed sores, hitting, pushing, yelling, threats, social isolation, neglect of basic necessities, and financial exploitation are all common types of elder abuse.
As family members, we often don’t witness what goes on behind our nursing home doors. We expect our loved ones to be properly cared for. So, when we suspect nursing home abuse or worse, it’s a shock, particularly when our fears are confirmed.
It’s up to us as family members to make sure our elderly are treated well. There are signs we can look for to evaluate their care:
- Unexplained bruises or cuts
- Changes in mood
- Incontinence issues that are new
- Complaints by your loved one of poor care
- Withdrawal or passive behavior
- Signs of dehydration or malnutrition
- Dirty, stained appearance, clothes, or bedsheets
- Disappearing of personal items or funds
- Bed Sores
- An unwillingness of your loved one to speak or a caregiver not allowing you privacy
Above all, when you visit your loved one, engage them in conversation. Try to find out all you can about their level of care. Address their concerns by asking more questions to learn more and evaluate if they may be suffering from nursing home abuse.
Contact Our Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Our Charleston nursing home abuse attorney, Angie D. Knight, and her staff have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of our elders. If your loved one has received abuse in a SC nursing home, we will work to get justice on their side.
We’ll also ensure you and your loved one gets the compensation they deserve. Of even more importance, we’ll work to stop their abusers. Contact our Grand Strand law team today for a no-hassle, consultation.