Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. Entrusting the care of a parent or family member into the hands of strangers, however well-qualified, is challenging.
When you do move loved ones into one of Southeast Wisconsin’s long-term care facilities, you have a right to expect their needs will be met and they will be treated with dignity and respect. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Nursing home abuse and neglect are more common than many people realize. Each year, more than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported. It is critical for families to be aware of the warning signs, and to take the right steps to protect their loves ones.
Here are seven signs that may indicate elder abuse:
When you suspect something is not quite right with your loved one’s care, act on these feelings. Remain alert and dig deeper. Follow up with the caregivers and the doctor(s). If you are not getting answers you can trust, consider talking to an attorney about further investigating.
Our law office is led by a former registered nurse, and we are happy to sit down with families during free consultations to give them our insight and help them understand their rights and options.
Do not ever hesitate to seek the information and the guidance you need. You are your loved one’s best advocate.