As some people get older, it may become more challenging for them to care for themselves and live independently. However, with most family members working outside the home, caring for a loved one at home is not always possible. In addition, they might have more medical needs than their family knows how to provide. Consequently, many families rely on trained, professional caregivers in nursing homes to care for their loved ones.
Unfortunately, these skilled nursing facilities do not always live up to the standards you would probably expect. When you believe your loved one has suffered harm from abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility, an Ann Arbor nursing home abuse lawyer can help your family pursue justice. Reach out to our dedicated attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to begin reviewing the details of your case.
Nursing homes do not always adequately care for their residents. Many facilities are understaffed, which means that attendants are often spread too thin to properly assist everyone.
Short-staffed facilities might fail to provide residents with basic needs such as food and water. They might allow the residents to stay in soiled, unhygienic clothing and bedding. They might also deny their residents access to medical treatment when necessary by ignoring clear signs of illness or infection.
Even if neglect is unintentional, it is still not acceptable. A trusted Ann Arbor attorney could help a family fight for accountability for the negligence and abuse of a long-term care facility and its employees.
Sadly, sometimes trusted caregivers in nursing homes intentionally abuse the residents. This abuse can take on multiple forms, some with more apparent signs than others.
When caregivers become frustrated with residents, they can get too rough in their handling. They might also use excessive medication or unnecessary restraints to keep a resident under control. Physical abuse can take the form of punching, kicking, slapping, pinching, or shoving.
Staff members might emotionally abuse residents by humiliating, threatening, or ridiculing them. Emotional abuse also occurs when staff members do not respond to residents’ requests for help or allow residents to be isolated from other people. This type of abuse can cause residents to become depressed, scared, or anxious.
Unscrupulous caregivers can take advantage of their position of trust by taking residents’ money or other belongings. They might use their credit or ATM cards, write themselves checks from a resident’s account, or even convince a resident to alter their will, naming the staff member as a beneficiary.
Sexual abuse also occurs in nursing homes and can take many different forms. Sometimes, staff members touch a resident, use sexual language, or force them to remove their clothing. Much of this abuse happens with residents who are either unable to consent due to their mental state or unable to resist due to physical limitations.
Our dedicated Ann Arbor attorneys could help a family investigate and gather evidence to prove the nursing home allowed or intentionally caused abuse to take place.
Moving your loved one to a nursing home was probably one of the most difficult decisions you have ever made. However, you made that decision with the hopes and expectations that your loved one would receive the care they need.
Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes fail to treat your loved ones properly. They may neglect or even intentionally abuse them. If your loved one suffered at the hands of caregivers in a skilled nursing facility, you should seek legal assistance. Call an Ann Arbor nursing home lawyer today to discuss your legal options.