Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
Know How to Spot the Signs of Abuse & Neglect
When your loved one is in a professional care facility, you can’t keep your eye on them around the clock. That’s why they’re in a facility to begin with. However, in some unfortunate situations, red flags can start to surface. You might develop suspicions that your loved one is being mistreated or abused.
The warning signs might include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Unexplained bruises, fractures, or other injuries
- Increasing isolation
- Acting out or behaving in uncharacteristic ways
- Deteriorating health
- Change in mental status
- Lack of communication by staff
When you try to raise concerns, you might get brushed off. Staff members may even try to discourage you from visiting or shut you out. Meanwhile, because your loved one is suffering from physical and mental vulnerabilities, they might not be able to articulate what’s wrong.
Placing Responsibility Where It Belongs
At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we understand how hard it is to place a loved one in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other care center. You only want what’s best for them. You’re horrified to think that they may now be suffering because of that decision.
However, it’s not your fault. Negligence and abuse can lurk behind even the most promising of facades when you’re looking at care facilities. Deep-seated problems may not come to light for months or even years.
Don’t Ignore Your Suspicions
If your loved one is showing any signs of abuse or neglect, don’t stay silent. Our attorneys will listen to your concerns and give them the weight they deserve. We can help you pursue an investigation and file a complaint with the appropriate agencies. If warranted, our lawyers can also file a lawsuit against the perpetrator and the facility itself.