As our loved ones grow older, they begin to require specialized care that we cannot provide both because we lack the expertise and we lack the time. This is why many people choose to trust the care of their elderly loved ones to a nursing home. In a nursing home, residents can receive the specialized care they need from medical professionals while also enjoying recreational activities with others of their age.
Unfortunately, even though we expect nursing homes to give us the peace of mind of knowing that they are being well cared for, this is not always the result. Some nursing home employees abuse their positions and mistreat their patients. Others take advantage of the elderly?s weakened physical state to sexually abuse them. Depending on the circumstances, you may not even know it is happening.
Much like victims of domestic abuse, nursing home residents who are being abused may be too frightened to report their abuse for fear that the harassment will get worse. For certain elder individuals, depending on the nature of their medical concerns, they may literally be unable to report the abuse. Of course, physical and sexual abuse are not the only issues that a nursing home resident might face.
We expect that the medical professionals working at a nursing home will provide top-notch care for our loved ones, but for one reason or another, they may not, even in a city like Boston. Dehydration or malnutrition are other types of abuse that nursing home residents may suffer. Visit our webpage for a more comprehensive list of nursing home abuse issues.
All of this is not meant to frighten you or discourage you from entrusting the care of your loved one to a nursing home, but instead to make you aware of the issues that your loved ones could face. It is important that you check up on your loved ones regularly and discover how they are being treated in their new home. If you believe that they are being mistreated, we can help you build a case against the nursing home and recover compensation for your loved one?s suffering.