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Elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes–Are Mainers Protected?

It is extremely stressful watching our grandparents and parents grow older. With advancing age comes many new concerns about health, long term care, and losing our loved ones. When they are no longer able to live on their own or be cared for by loved ones, many of us turn to an assisted living facility or nursing home to provide thoughtful and conscientious care.

Many of these facilities can provide great care for our loved ones. Unfortunately, there are many as well that do not. Many are often understaffed with underpaid and poorly trained employees. Many nursing homes push the bottom line so far that they endanger the lives of their patients.

Neglected, abused, and threatened, nursing home residents may suffer physically and emotionally. Painful bedsores, broken bones, or even premature death can result from neglectful and outright abusive treatment.

Visible injuries are the type that you will pick up on right away. Examples are broken bones, cuts, scars, and bed sores.

Neglect type injuries are more subtle and more difficult to see. These include insufficient food, water, and bathing opportunities, failure to change the resident’s underclothes in a timely manner if using the toilet is an issue, failure to supply adequate bathing supplies such as shampoo and soap, failure to properly assist the resident who needs help bathing, eating, walking, and verbal abuse.

If your loved one has fallen victim to abuse or neglect in a nursing home setting, you may wish to seek the legal counsel of Briggs and Counsel. We have a successfully prosecuted nursing homes that have caused injury to residents through neglectful care.