Alabama nursing home abuse lawyer discusses three factors that put nursing home residents at risk of being abused.
Birmingham, AL- Do need to place your loved one in a nursing home? Are you concerned that they may be abused or neglected? Close to one in ten seniors are the victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, so your right to be concerned. You may be asking yourself: What factors put my loved one at risk of being victimized? In this article, USAttorneys will discuss what factors put your loved one at risk in their Birmingham nursing home.
Dementia or Alzheimer’s
Nursing home residents who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia are often targeted by abusive caregivers. The National Center on Elder Abuse says that dementia and Alzheimer’s are at greater risk of elder abuse than residents who don’t have those conditions. It can be difficult taking care of someone with a cognitive disorder, so caregivers are pushed to their limits and sometimes take their frustrations out on a resident. A caregiver can subject a resident to verbal or physical abuse or knowingly withhold care for vindictive reasons.
Residents who have Alzheimer’s or dementia make good targets because they often don’t remember the abuse or can’t make sense of what they experienced. Even if they don’t remember being abused, they are still emotionally affected.
Sharing a room with one or more other residents can also put your loved one at risk. In a recent study, Cornell University found that many incidents of physical violence in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities involve residents. Facilities often fail to mitigate disagreements between residents sharing a room and incidents can escalate into violent incidents.
Not having a strong social network also puts a nursing home resident in danger of being abused and neglected. A resident who doesn’t have regular visits from friends or family are often targeted by abusers and their actions go unnoticed. If a resident has friends in a facility and their family visits often, they are less likely to be mistreated, and abuse can be detected early.
If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse in their Birmingham, let USAttorneys connect you with an elder abuse lawyer to work on your claim. We have a knowledgeable team of lawyers in Alabama who will advocate for your loved one and recover a fair settlement on their behalf. Set up a consultation with one of our top-notch lawyers today and get informed about your case. Call today and let an expert get started on your loved one’s case.