Abuse and Neglect an Unfortunate Reality at North Carolina Nursing Homes

In a few weeks, North Carolina will be observing Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month from May 6th – June 20th, according to North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

As part of a short series, our Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys want to remind everyone to wear a purple ribbon in honor of keeping our elders safe. In our first blog we reported on picking the right elder care facility. Next we transition to common forms of abuse that take place in nursing homes and what signs to look for if you have an elderly loved one residing in an elder care facility.
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There are several types of nursing home abuse in Asheville and throughout the country. Physical abuse is the most apparent to the human eye. You may see signs of bruising, cuts, bed sores or other injuries, failure to maintain hygiene or unsanitary living conditions.

The Beaufort Gazette reports about a nurse who physically and verbally abused female patients at the Carolina House recently. One resident claimed the nurse slapped her hard enough to cause a nosebleed after forcing medication down her throat, while another resident reportedly had private body parts bathed with toothpaste.

A co-worker witnessed the nurse giving verbal and physical abuse to three different residents the morning of the incident. Though the nurse had no prior arrests, it is suspected that she had been suspended previously for elder abuse.

In addition to abuse, caregivers at nursing home facilities can be guilty of neglecting residents. Most types of neglect are not as easily detected. Nurses may neglect a resident in the following manners: fail to feed or provide water, connect and interact emotionally with the resident or refrain from giving correct doses of medication in time-sensitive situations or needed medical care.

Victims of abuse at nursing home or assisted living facilities are often afraid to speak up. If you have a loved one at an elder care facility, it is your responsibility to make sure they are being treated appropriately. The following are some suggestions to help make sure proper care is being given:

-Maintain a close connection by participating in as many activities as possible with your loved one.

-Interact with other residents to see if you can detect signs of abuse or neglect in them.

-Check your loved one’s medication records to make sure doses are properly maintained.

-Periodically check in with nurses or caregivers regarding the current physical and mental condition of your loved one.

-If abuse or neglect is detected – take action. Contact a lawyer to discuss your rights immediately.

If you suspect abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility contact The Lee Law Offices. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of elderly victims and their families so call 1-800-887-1965 to make a free and confidential appointment today.

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