The decision to place a family member into a nursing home is a difficult one. Often, the reason that it is made is that an older adult is simply not able to live on his or her own anymore and requires a level of care that family members simply cannot provide.
Because nursing home residents are dependent on others for their basic needs, they are also extremely vulnerable. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a significant problem in nursing homes through the United States, and it can have a direct impact on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of nursing home residents.
Studies Indicate that Abuse in Nursing Homes Often Goes Unreported
There is a general consensus among people with an interest in the quality of nursing home care that many instances of nursing home abuse go unreported. The reasons for this can be varied, but it is often the case that residents themselves are too fearful of retaliation to report the abuse or simply are unaware of the fact that the abuse is occurring. For this reason, it is critical for loved ones of nursing home residents to take the time to familiarize themselves with the signs of nursing home abuse so that they recognize when it may be occurring. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse include the following:
- Bed sores1
- Under medication
- Unsanitary conditions
- Unnecessary use of restraints
- Unexplained injuries
If you spot these or any other signs that abuse may be happening, you should report the matter to the facility’s administrator immediately. Furthermore, you should contact the Illinois Department of Public Health2 (IDPH) to file a complaint.
Contact a Chicago Nursing Home Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you suspect or know that a family member or other loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you should speak to an attorney immediately. At Abels & Annes, P.C. we are committed to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.