Signs of Nursing Home Abuse | What to Look Out For

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If you believe that your loved one is facing abuse or neglect in their nursing home, do not wait to take action. Read on and speak with our dedicated California nursing home abuse lawyer to learn more. We are here to help.

What are the most common signs of nursing home abuse in California?

There are a number of ways that nursing home elder neglect and abuse can occur. But, keep in mind that nursing home neglect or abuse can be hard to catch, which is why it is essential to identify possible warning signs if your loved ones are in a nursing home. The most typical neglect or abuse warning signs in a nursing home includes:

  • Bedsores
  • Infections
  • Unclean drinking water or spoiled food
  • Complaints of hunger or thirst
  • Residents being left to wander the premises, or leave the premises altogether
  • Drastic changes in disposition
  • Unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Signs of fear when certain staff members enter the room
  • Possessions mysteriously going missing
  • Unexplained falls

It is important to recognize that just one of these signs or symptoms does not always mean that there is abuse or neglect present. If you find that you are witnessing an incident of nursing home elder abuse with a close friend or relative, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and your legal options. We are just one call away.

What steps should I take to report abuse?

If you have suspicions that your loved one is a victim of nursing home elder abuse, you will need to document this abuse as soon as you can. In the state of California, nursing home elder abuse can be reported to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISISline at 1-800-231-4024, or your local police department. If you find your loved one is in immediate danger, it is crucial that you reach out to the nursing home management and call 911. Once your loved one is safe, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today and talk with a skilled California nursing home elder abuse lawyer at Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP. Our firm is on your side and will help you and your loved ones through this challenge.

Contact Our Experienced California Law Firm

Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP has over 30 years of experience as a successful California elder abuse attorney. Our firm handles cases across the Golden State, involving elder care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living, hospice care, and others accused of abuse, including physical, sexual, and mental abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. If experience matters and you need a trial lawyer who can get the job done, contact Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP.