It’s a cruel world out there a lot of times, especially when we struggle with the idea of our elderly and defenseless loved ones being abused by the very people paid to professionally care for them.
As we grow older, start a family and live with added major responsibility, it sometimes seems like the best option to put our elderly parents or grandparents in a nursing home where they can (so we think) be cared for better and more efficiently than we can ourselves.
However, studies show nursing home abuse in the US, especially in Tennessee, continues to rise – what a shame.
If your loved one is in a nursing home or any kind of assisted living center, lookout for signs of abuse. The types of abuse can vary widely – anywhere from improper medication to sexual assault.
Physical symptoms include:
- bed sores
- unexplained bruises
- broken or fractured bones
- signs of restraint, such as rope burns or bruising around the wrist
- symptoms of rape or sexual assault
- drug overdose
- and more
Emotional symptoms include:
- arguments and reoccurring anger or tension between the caregiver and the elder
- personality changes in the elderly person
- inability to see the elderly person alone without the caregiver present
- verbal abuse by the caregiver toward the elderly person
- and more
Don’t forget about financial abuse either as caregivers have been known to steal from their patients or persuade them to transfer money into their accounts.
If your loved one has suffered any abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living center, talk to an experienced nursing home attorney immediately to discuss your options.
At Darrell Castle & Associates, we’ve handled these cases for decades and it just makes us sick. Seeing bruises and other symptoms on your loved ones fuels our passion to seek justice and fight for the compensation your loved one deserves.
If this is you, contact us today either online or by calling us at (901) 327-1212. One of our experienced Memphis personal injury attorneys will be ready to speak with you about your situation, free of charge.