When a Fulton County family makes the difficult decision to place an elderly or ill loved one in a nursing home, they are expecting that there will be a reasonable standard of care provided. Unfortunately, there are many instances in which there not only is a failure to care for the residents effectively, but there are examples of outright nursing home abuse that results in injury, illness and even death. For families who suspect that there is nursing home negligence or abuse occurring, it is imperative that they know how to proceed to put a stop to it and seek to be compensated for it.
There are numerous ways in which a resident of a nursing facility can be mistreated. It is not simply a matter of physical abuse. A patient can be emotionally abused and sexually abused. He or she might not receive the proper medications at the appropriate times, not be fed and suffer from malnutrition, suffer falls because of not being assisted when necessary, decline due to a lack of care and die because of many factors.
The worst part of these issues is that, many times, the victim is unable to express him or herself to loved ones or authorities to explain what is happening. Those preying on the most vulnerable members of society must be held accountable for their actions. The management of these facilities also needs to be accountable. This is why family members need to be vigilant about signs that there might be something amiss. Even the most innocuous problems could stem from abuse being inflicted in the myriad of ways listed above.
Some people have resorted to installing video cameras into the rooms of their loved ones to see what is happening when they are not there, and there is no one to supervise the workers. If there is suspicion or evidence that nursing home abuse is happening, legal help is a necessity not just to get the victim out of the situation, but to pursue litigation. Discussing the matter with a legal professional is the first step to handling the problem.