Physical Signs of Elder Abuse in South Carolina
As your loved ones age and become frail or sick, you may try your hardest to take care of them. However, you may face a time when you or your family are unable to care for an elderly loved one any longer, because their needs are too great. When that time comes, many families find a nursing home after lots of thorough research, because they want to ensure their loved one is safe and well cared-for.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not have appropriate staff, or protections between residents, and this can lead to elder abuse. One of the worst and yet most common forms of abuse in nursing homes is physical abuse, and if staff members are not properly vetted before they are hired, they can abuse the residents. Sometimes, other residents with histories of domestic violence or sexual assault can abuse other residents in the nursing home.
Quick Facts About Elder Abuse
- Between 2017 and 2018, 1 in 6 adults aged 60 or older suffered some type of abuse while in a community setting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The WHO also notes that 2 in 3 nursing home staff members reported that they abused nursing home residents over the past year.
- Nearly 1 out of 3 nursing homes in the U.S. have been issued citations for abuse.
- Nursing home abuse, along with elder abuse in general, goes greatly underreported, according to the Office of the Inspector General.
- As of 2015, 1.3 million people lived in nursing homes throughout the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Data from the CDC suggests 27 million people will be in nursing homes, in-home care, or another long-term care program by 2050.
Protect Your Loved One from Elder Abuse in South Carolina
- Bruises, welts, burns;
- Unexplained fractures or other physical injuries;
- Repeated accidents;
- Injuries left untreated;
- References to caregiver’s temper or anger;
- Nervous or quiet around caregiver;
- Runs away from the home or tries to;
- Has marks or scars from restraints on wrists;
- Shows effects of chemical restraints such as incoherence, grogginess, excessive sleep; and/or
- Sudden fear, restlessness, anxiety
One in five nursing home residents faces abuse, either from a nurse, nursing aide, visiting caregiver, or another resident. It is important to know what you can do to help protect your elderly loved one from Nursing Home Abuse.
There Are Unexplained Bruises on My Elderly Loved One
If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, and their emotional state becomes worse, or they have physical markings like abuse, cuts, scrapes, or broken bones, they could be the victim of nursing home neglect. It is important to hold nursing homes responsible not just for the actions of their staff, but also for identifying potentially abusive residents and keeping them away from other vulnerable residents. Contact Adult Protective Services, but also contact a South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney to protect you and your loved one in court. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm offer a free, confidential case evaluation to discuss the nursing home abuse incident and see how we can help. Call us at 803-252-4800.