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It is difficult enough being a caretaker, and it’s even more difficult to entrust the care of your loved one to another when you realize you can’t do it yourself. You can go through every review, interview the nursing home director, and take every precaution to ensure your loved one is going to receive excellent care, but this does not extinguish the guilt you may feel if you find out that she was abused in a nursing home. Nursing home residents who can’t afford quality care face physical, emotional, and psychological abuses—as well as sexual assault. Nursing home abuse is a very real problem.
Nursing home residents are easy targets of abuse, both physical and sexual, because of their physical dependence on others. Many residents cannot communicate, and therefore cannot report the nursing home abuse themselves. Maltreatment of the elderly is absolutely unacceptable. Nursing home abuse encompasses both sexual assault and any form of physical assault or maltreatment.
According to a recent Dayton Daily News article, a woman was sexually assaulted Sunday night by a nurse’s aide at a local nursing home. The victim is paralyzed from a stroke. Kettering police are investigating this horrible crime. The victim’s family members, understandably, are furious that the nursing facility allowed this abuse to happen.
So what can you do to protect your loved one from suffering physical or sexual abuse, what are its signs, and how can you seek compensation on her behalf? A resident may not be able to speak for themselves, but their physical condition can reveal warning signs of nursing home abuse. These signs include:
It is crucial to take action immediately. Do not hesitate to report the abuse to the Ohio Department of Health and remove your loved one from the home as soon as possible. Then call our nursing home abuse attorneys who have successfully represented victims of nursing home abuse for over 25 years and can help you seek justice for your loved one. Taking action against abusive staff and negligent nursing homes sends a strong message that these actions will not be tolerated.