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March 20, 2014

A California elder abuse campaign has come forward to outline what it believes are the 12 signs of elder abuse in an effort to make the public aware and stop the epidemic of abuse that elderly people face. Every day across every state stories emerge of elderly people being abused or neglected in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and even in their own homes.
The National Institute on Aging defines a nursing home as a dwelling for people who do not desire to be in a hospital but cannot be cared for at home. These people may have serious injuries or severe illnesses or are those requiring post-surgery care. Many nursing homes promise individualized care and quality, however in many cases the standards fall below national expectations. In fact, it has been noted that around the country one in three nursing homes has been related in some way to a neglect or abuse case.

Lack of training for staff, low staff numbers or lack of carers who can specialize in looking after patients or residents with specific illnesses can all alter the levels of care within a nursing home. The 12 symptoms that the California Stop EA campaign has identified as signs of elder abuse or neglect aim to inform the public to stay alert if they believe that it is taking place in their communities:

1. pressure sores/pressure ulcers/bedsores
2. changes of condition/failure of staff to inform family members
3. falls
4. dehydration
5. malnutrition
6. broken bones
7. wandering
8. excessive medication/medication errors
9. physical abuse
10. sexual abuse
11. restraints/chemical restraints
12. fecal impaction/constipation

It is clear that while some of the signs of elder abuse can be obvious, there are many that are not. Learning what questions to ask and who to go to when you do spot even the most subtle signs of abuse is imperative.

Do you suspect that a loved one or an elderly friend in a nursing home has suffered from any of the listed symptoms? If so, do not hesitate to contact the expert nursing home attorneys at McIver Brown Nursing Home Law Firm right now. We have many years of experience assisting people nationwide in securing compensation for injury or wrongful death caused by nursing home neglect and abuse. Contact our office today to set up your free and confidential initial consultation. No elderly person should be made a victim at the hands of another’s negligence.


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