“Nursing home abuse” is a term used to refer to all types of elder abuse and neglect by professional caregivers, including both individuals and facilities. Abuse and neglect include any level of treatment or care that falls below the “standard of acceptable care.”
Nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are required to provide residents with a certain level of treatment. This is known as the “standard of acceptable care,” and it refers to the level of care one could reasonably expect another qualified caregiver, nursing home, or facility to provide in the same or similar circumstances.
When an elderly individual enters a nursing home, they and their loved ones can reasonably expect the nursing home staff to provide for the elderly individual’s basic:
If the nursing home fails to do this, or if a specific caregiver causes intentional injury or emotional harm to the elderly resident, the standard of acceptable care has not been met.
Nursing home abuse takes many forms, but the main types include:
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If your elderly loved one has been subjected to any form of abuse or neglect at the hands of a trusted caregiver, Lanzone Morgan can help you fight for justice. We firmly believe that nursing homes and other assisted living facilities should be held accountable when their staff fails to provide residents with the proper level of care.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of families throughout California and Arizona, and we are ready to fight for you.
Although we trust nursing homes and other facilities to provide our loved ones with the highest level of treatment and care, it is still important to know the signs of elder abuse and neglect. Elderly individuals are incapable of or unwilling to speak up about abuse. Often, it is up to family members and loved ones to notice, report, and put a stop to nursing home abuse and neglect.
Just as there are many types of nursing home abuse, there are many signs of elder abuse and neglect. Some of the most common include:
In general, if you feel that something is wrong, it is always better to err on the side of caution. You should report all suspected elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911. You can also report elder abuse to local law enforcement by calling the non-emergency number for your area or by calling California Adult Protective Services (APS). For more information, visit the CA APS website here.
Making the choice to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility is a difficult—but often necessary—one. We expect professional caregivers to provide our loved ones with a high level of treatment, consideration, and respect. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
Learning that an elderly loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect while under the supervision of an in-home caregiver, nursing home, or similar assisted living facility is devastating. You may be wondering what options you have and how you can make sure the person or facility responsible for the abuse is held responsible.
At Lanzone Morgan, we understand what you and your family are going through, and we can help. Our California nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help you fight for the justice you deserve. We can assist you in filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, allowing you to seek fair financial compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, such as medical bills and pain and suffering, associated with the abuse or neglect.