Akron nursing homes and other similar care facilities should be places where our loved ones can receive the care they need without the fear of being harmed. The fact is that nursing home abuse and neglect is rampant across the state. If your relative is suffering at the hands of their caregivers in a facility, contact our Akron nursing home abuse lawyers for help right away.
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America’s population is aging. As baby boomers near retirement, there are more and more Akron residents who need daily help. Some seniors can stay in their homes with a little aid from family, friends, or caretakers, and others move into assisted living facilities, which often offer different levels of care. Some seniors are at the point that they need medical attention on a daily basis. When your loved one reaches this stage in life, you may need to place them in a nursing home. At this type of facility, nurses, nursing aids, and health care professionals help your loved one around-the-clock. You expect all of these professionals to provide excellent care. Unfortunately, some are guilty of negligent care and abuse. If one of these individuals are harming your elderly relative, you should reach out to the Akron nursing home abuse lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
Our Akron personal injury lawyers can represent your loved one in a medical malpractice claim, or a wrongful death lawsuit. In either situation, we will fight for you and your family to receive the compensation you deserve under the law. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us today at (330) 869-9007.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse of nursing home patients is always intentional. But despite what you may think, it is not always physical. Your elderly loved one can be severely harmed without a nursing home staff member ever laying a finger on them. Psychological abuse can have long-lasting effects, and financial abuse can place your loved one’s future medical care at risk.
There are many types of elder abuse, including:
- Physical abuse may include hitting, slapping, flicking, pushing, kicking, biting, physical restraining, and chemically restraining.
- Emotional/psychological abuse can entail name-calling, shaming, humiliating, demeaning, blaming, scapegoating, gaslighting, threatening, ridiculing, ignoring, and isolating the senior.
- Sexual abuse encompasses harassment, non-consensual touching, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and sexual conduct with a senior who is incompetent or unable to consent for another reason.
- Financial abuse may involve theft, schemes, manipulation, and embezzlement.
If you know or believe your loved one has been abused, call our Akron nursing home abuse lawyers right away. We are here to help you relative receive the care they need and to hold the abusive party and facility liable for the harm they have caused.
Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home neglect can also be willful. One or more people may knowingly fail to care for nursing home patients and the environment like they should.
However, negligent caregivers are often not acting willfully. Instead, they are careless in regard to their duties and your loved one’s health and safety. Nursing home negligence often arises when a facility is significantly understaffed. It also occurs when staff members are under-qualified and under-trained for the tasks they are required to complete.
While nursing home neglect may not be intentional, that does not make it any less damaging. Negligent care can lead to squalid conditions, which in turn may have physical and psychological effects on your elderly loved one. For example, when your loved one is not bathed and given clean clothing regularly, they may experience persistent urinary tract infections. This is not only physically damaging to their health, but it also significantly reduces their quality of life.
When your loved one is suffering due to negligent care, call our Akron nursing home abuse lawyers for help right away.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we believe it is essential that family members and close friends of nursing home patients do not wait for their loved one to say something is wrong. Many elderly victims of abuse and neglect never speak up. Many others suffer in silence for weeks, months, or years. It is far better for you and other family members and friends to be aware of the warning signs and red flags of nursing home abuse and neglect.
If you have a loved one living in a care facility, our nursing home negligence lawyers suggest you look out for:
- Consistently soiled bedding and/or clothes
- Inappropriate clothing for the weather
- Dirty bedrooms and common areas
- Body odor
- Skin rashes
- Bed sores/pressure sores
- Bruises, welts, scars, and burn marks
- Restrain marks
- Unexplained or repeated falls, sprains, dislocations, and broken bones
- Torn, stained, or bloody underwear
- Bruising around the breasts or genitals
- Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Childlike and self-soothing behavior
- Unusually aggressive behavior
- Significant behavior changes
If you notice signs that something is wrong at the nursing home, and your loved one is physically and/or emotionally suffering, call our attorneys as soon as you can. We will look into the situation, involve the appropriate civil and criminal authorities, and help your loved one receive the medical attention and daily care they need.
What to Do When Victims Remain Silent
Nursing home neglect and abuse can remain pervasive because elderly victims often do not come forward right away. They are in no way to blame for their hesitancy. Many victims of abuse and neglect, no matter their age, feel ashamed and embarrassed. These are significant hurdles to overcome to tell someone what is happening to them. Seniors may be threatened by their abusers. They may fear the treatment will get worse if they speak up. Also, many older adults are not believed. If their complaints are not clear and confident, other staff members, family members, and friends may think a senior is confused or suffering from age-related memory loss.
For all of these reasons and more, you cannot rely on your loved one to tell you when something is wrong. You should be aware of the signs of elder abuse and neglect. If you notice them, have a talk with your loved one. If they remain silent, but you are still convinced something is wrong, you can report the issue to civil authorities. If your loved one has been deemed incompetent, you may be able to act on their behalf.
When there are clear signs of nursing home neglect and/or abuse, do not hesitate to speak with our Akron nursing home abuse lawyers. Our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to listen to your situation. Contact us today to learn more about your options moving forward.
Elder Abuse Reporting Laws
Under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 5101.63, many professionals are required to report suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The list of mandatory reports includes, but is not limited to:
- Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals
- Nursing home employees
- Dialysis technicians
- First responders, ambulance drivers, and firefighters
- Police officers
- Building inspectors
- Real estate agents
- Certified public accountants (CPAs)
- Financial planners and advisors
- Bank tellers and other bank employees
- Clergy members
- Any senior service provider
These professionals and many others are required to contact their county’s job and family services department.
Resources for Elders and Their Families
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding elder abuse or neglect, there are many resources available to you and your family. Various state agencies and organizations can offer information regarding elder and nursing home abuse and neglect. Many offer guidance on what to do when you suspect a loved one is being harmed.
Some resources for seniors and their families include:
- Ohio Adult Protective Services
- Ohio Department of Aging
- Ohio Department of Health, Office of Health Assurance and Licensing
- Ohio Department of Health, Complaints – Health Care Facilities and Nursing Homes
- Ohio Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Ohio Hopes
- The National Center on Elder Abuse
Contact Our Akron Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one is being harmed due to nursing home neglect or abuse, or you have proof neglect or abuse has occurred, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick to discuss your legal options. We will look into the situation, and if there is a valid claim for neglect or abuse, we can represent your loved one in a claim against the facility. If your loved one passed away due to the harm they suffered, our Akron nursing home abuse lawyers can represent you and your family in a wrongful death lawsuit.