Signs of Elder Abuse in Arizona
A sad fact of the nursing home industry is that some staff members abuse their positions and mistreat those placed in their care. This is the nightmare scenario for any Arizona family with loved ones in a nursing home, as unnoticed abuse can produce tragic results. However, if you keep an eye out for the following signs of abuse, you might well be able to make your family member’s nursing home safer for all of its residents.
Signs of Elder Abuse
- Bed sores: One of the most common ailments in a nursing home, bed sores can often be caused by negligence and apathy on the part of nursing home staff. Be wary of red patches of skin on your family members.
- Malnutrition: Though nursing homes are required to provide adequate food and water to their residents, some sadly fail in this obligation. If your family member seems noticeably thin or frail, or if he or she complains about the quality and quantity of food served, this could be a sign of abuse.
- Changes in Behavior: If your family member is exhibiting odd behavioral or personality changes, such as seeming suddenly fearful, agitated or withdrawn, this might be a sign of nursing home abuse and should be addressed immediately.
If You Suspect Abuse
Should you observe these or any other signs of abuse in a nursing home patient, you should notify the state of Arizona through its Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
If you suspect your elderly family member has the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact Cullan & Cullan in Phoenix, Arizona. They’ll provide a free consultation and explain your rights under state and federal law.