Nursing Home Residents Can Be Abused AND Neglected
When it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect, these forms of mistreatment aren’t mutually exclusive. In many cases, residents who are mistreated suffer both at the hands of staff members and caregivers who are supposed to take care of them. When abuse and neglect are combined, the risk that residents will suffer serious and even life-threatening harms increases significantly.
When abuse or neglect occur alone, it can be more difficult for family members to suspect that mistreatment is occurring. But when they occur together, it’s often much more obvious that something is wrong. For example, a resident who is abused and neglected may show bruises while also showing symptoms of hunger, dehydration, or lack of medical care.
In many cases, abuse and neglect go hand-in-hand. When staff members are willing to abuse or neglect residents, they’re also more willing to do the other. A staff member who physically abuses a resident may be willing to withhold food or liquids from them, while a staff member who leaves a resident alone for days at a time also may be willing to physically assault them.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, neglected, or both in their nursing home, it’s vital that you get experienced legal help as soon as possible. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers know how to prove when mistreatment occurs and how to hold staff members and facilities accountable.
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