Placing a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy decision for an Illinois family to make. If you are no longer able to provide the care and support your loved one needs, you probably spent a significant amount of time researching facilities and trying to find the best option for him or her. It can devastate your family if you learn that the facility is not treated your loved one well.
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms, but it’s always unacceptable. It may be helpful to learn more about signs of abuse or neglect, and if you think these things are happening, you can speak out. It is your right to advocate for your loved one and pursue justice on his or her behalf in the event of nursing home abuse.
What should you look for?
There are a few things that may indicate there are problems with the care your love done is receiving. It is important to remain vigilant as many victims of nursing home abuse and neglect may be reluctant to speak out about what they are experiencing. Signs something could be wrong include:
- Your loved one has become incontinent, which may indicate he or she is not getting help to use the restroom or clean properly.
- You noticed that your loved one is drowsy all the time, confused or sleeping too much, which could indicate taking too much medication.
- Your family member has scrapes, bruises and other unexplained injuries. This may indicate he or she is falling or experiencing direct abuse.
- Your loved one suddenly lost weight with no explanation, or he or she is showing signs of dehydration or malnutrition.
- Your family member is confused, depressed, withdrawn and is not interested in things that he or she enjoyed in the past.
In some cases, nursing home abuse is the result of violence against a resident who is helpless to defend himself or herself. In other cases, it may be in the form of neglect, medical malpractice or financial abuse.
What can you do?
If your loved one experienced nursing home abuse, he or she deserves justice. You can speak with an attorney regarding the best way to move forward. It may be appropriate to file a civil claim against the nursing home or care provider. While this will not undo the damage done, it can help your family move forward from a traumatic experience.