Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys Serving Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Charles County, Baltimore, and in the Maryland, Washington, DC, Metro area.
Each year, millions of families are faced with the difficult decision of placing a loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home. As in nature, the older or weaker of the pack can often fall victim to predators. It is an unfortunate reality that many senior citizens not only endure physical abuse, but inadequate medical care, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation while in the care of some extended-care facilities.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of seniors in these facilities experience some form of abuse each year. Many seniors with physical or cognitive difficulties are more vulnerable to abuse and neglect. In some cases, overmedication and improper distribution of medication can increase an elder’s risk of being subjected to abuse.
What exactly is nursing home abuse and neglect? It is defined as any “single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.” When putting your loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home, you are normally ensured that staff will provide excellent care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as elders are often subjected to various forms of abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can include:
Emotional abuse and distress
Overdue bills that were thought to be paid
When selecting a nursing home facility for your loved one, it is important to take reviews into consideration. Facilities that have high scores in health, cleanliness, staff, and quality measures tend to offer higher quality care as opposed to ones. In Maryland and Washington D.C., there are laws that are designed to protect seniors from nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect.
The following are important resources to consider when choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, as well as reporting suspected incidents of nursing home abuse:
- Medicare Five-Star Quality Rating System
- CDC FastStats – Nursing Home Care
- Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators Complaint Process
- Register of Wills
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid: Find and Compare Nursing Homes
- Maryland Department of Aging
- Maryland Department of Healthcare Quality
- Administration for Community Living
- United States Department of Justice: Elder Justice Initiative (EJI)
If you believe your loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse, negligence, or some form of injury while under the care of long-term care facility, contact Potter Burnett Law today to discuss your case.