As the population of the United States continues to age collectively and more and more seniors encounter the need for the services offered by assisted living centers, the industry faces a difficult conundrum. The ever-increasing demand is placing a strain on the hiring practices for these facilities in many areas, and when mistakes are made with regards to staffing situations can quickly spiral out of control.
One of the most difficult situations for a family to face is encountering the suspicion that a loved one is being abused while living in an assisted living center. Anyone who has such a suspicion should act on it and seek the advice of experienced nursing home abuse lawyers. Below is a brief overview of potential warning signs that something could be very wrong.
Perhaps the most obvious indication that a resident at an assisted living center is being mistreated is when that person suddenly appears with physical injuries that cannot be explained. Bruises, cuts, bed sores and other types of injuries that may seem relatively minor could actually be a sign that abuse is occurring, especially if the resident cannot or will not discuss what caused those injuries.
It’s not uncommon for people who move into an assisted living center to undergo some personality changes for obvious reasons. However, when a person seems completely different than he or she ever was and that change is sudden, it could be a sign of stress and/or fear that’s a result of mistreatment or neglect by the staff at the facility.
Many times when a person moves into an assisted living facility, a family member or trusted confidant will help to oversee that person’s finances. If cash withdrawals or other strange financial transactions begin to occur and the resident has no explanation for it, this should trigger suspicion that something improper is happening and it should not be dismisses as mere oversight.
If you suspect that someone you love is being mistreated in an assisted living center, you need to act on those suspicions, as many times residents in these facilities are unable to help themselves. Even if it turns out that nothing improper was occurring, you will rest easier knowing that you were thorough in checking on it.
If it turns out that something improper was occurring, you should already have the help necessary to hold those responsible accountable so that you can restore the safety and dignity of the person you love. If you find yourself suspecting this type of a problem, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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