Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Physical Abuse
Twenty years have passed since elder abuse rose as a social problem. From that awareness, many state and federal laws have been enacted to protect against nursing home abuse of the elderly when in their most vulnerable conditions. While most nursing homes are filled with those who are 65 or older, residents can be of any age, when illness strikes and family members are no longer able to care for their loved one. This is seen most with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) patients. Caring for these patients is a difficult task for anyone, but when their care is entrusted to a facility, expectations are that loved ones be treated with respect and dignity.
When physical abuse of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is suspected, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting an Arizona nursing home abuse attorney, like those at Cullan & Cullan, you’ll soon see the advantages of having doctors who are also lawyers.
Signs of Physical Abuse of an Alzheimer Patient
In examining elder mistreatment within the context of caregiving and Alzheimer's Disease, caregiver stress rises to the top. However, many other issues may come to light, including facility understaffing and the hiring of unqualified employees. If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility, it’s important to learn the warning signs of physical abuse. Those include:
- Bruises and swelling
- Scrapes and cuts
- Skin or bone breakage
Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers Cullan & Cullan can help, if you believe that a loved one has been abused at the hands of caregivers in a nursing home or assisted living facility. For a free and confidential consultation, please call us today at (602) 786-8860. Cases are accepted in Phoenix, Scottsdale and throughout Arizona.