The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is often a difficult one that requires a substantial amount of trust in their caregivers. When caregivers break that trust by neglecting, exploiting, or abusing your loved one, it’s normal to feel angry and violated. When you’re in this position, it’s up to you to advocate on behalf of your loved one, get them out of an unsafe situation, and help them get the compensation they need for what they’ve been through. Nursing home abuse is increasingly common across the country, and if your loved one or family member has been neglected in a Kentucky nursing home, you may have options.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services notes that Kentucky nursing home residents have specific rights under federal law. If your family member is in an assisted living facility, these are just a few of the rights they are entitled to:
When a facility violates a resident’s rights, it’s likely that abuse, neglect, or both are happening behind closed doors.
Nursing home residents are in a particularly vulnerable position. Since they are dependent on their caregivers for everything from food and medication to hygienic assistance and comfort measures, residents may be at risk of neglect, physical abuse, and mental abuse. Common types of abuse include:
As a loved one or family member, you are in a position to watch for signs of abuse and intervene promptly. Take the time to visit your family member regularly; while some signs of abuse are apparent during phone calls, face-to-face interaction is the best way to make sure your loved one’s needs are being met. If they exhibit any of the following signs or symptoms, you may want to investigate further to find out if they are being victimized:
Of course, these symptoms aren’t always signs of abuse. A resident with serious health issues may experience a natural decline in appetite, and a resident experiencing dementia may naturally exhibit anxiety, anger, and sudden changes in disposition. However, these symptoms are often red flags that warrant further investigation.
Nursing home abuse can take a significant toll on the resident and their family members. If a nursing home’s neglect or abuse results in a resident needing additional medical treatment, the nursing home should be liable for those treatment expenses. Other damages a nursing home abuse lawyer might ask for include:
Your loved one deserves the highest quality of care in their nursing home or assisted living facility. If they are victimized where they deserve to feel safe and comfortable, they deserve compensation. Call Dixie Law Group, PSC at 502-305-4654 to explore your legal options with a nursing home abuse attorney.
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