Oceanside Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

The prevalence of elder abuse and nursing home abuse in California is growing rapidly. Each day, hundreds of members of our elder population in California are victimized. There is often a continuing pattern of neglect when an elder is abused in a nursing home or residential facility and there are likely other residents who are also being neglected or abused. The Oceanside elder abuse attorneys at the Liljegren Law Group have years of experience in elder abuse and nursing home abuse in North San Diego County. If a loved one of yours has been abused contact our office today at 760-613-9906.

When our loved ones become unable to live alone, it is often necessary to entrust their care to a hospital, nursing home or senior living community. Although you trust the facility to provide a safe, loving and happy environment to your parent or grandparent, this trust can be violated when a caregiver disappoints you be neglecting, or even abusing, your loved one.

The signs of elder abuse are often subtle and a senior who is being abused frequently fails to report the abuse. There are many reasons why an elder may not speak up when they are being abused or neglected. The elder may feel frightened or threatened by their abuser. The elder may be embarrassed by their inability to stop the abuse. The elder may be convinced that the abuse or neglect is “normal.”  If your loved one has unexplained injuries, bed sores, a broken hip, or frequent falls, and you are suspicious of elder abuse or nursing home abuse contact an experienced Oceanside nursing home negligence attorney at the Liljegren Law Group.

The first step in preventing elder abuse and nursing home abuse is to recognize the signs. Elder abuse can be mental, physical, or simple negligence. Signs of physical elder abuse that should be immediately investigated include:

  1. Bruises or other marks on the body
  2. Marks on wrists or ankles from restraints
  3. Hair loss from grabbing/pulling hair
  4. Scratches or bite marks
  5. Burn marks
  6. Frequent or unexplained fractures or other injuries
  7. Frequent emergency room visits

The elders caregiver may offer excuses for these types of abuse which include:

  1. Offering explanations that are inconsistent with injuries
  2. Failing to give status reports to families
  3. Failing to notify family when elder is taken to the emergency room
  4. Refusing to take elder to the doctor
  5. Not allowing family/friends to visit

Unfortunately, elder neglect is common and occurs when a caregiver fails to meet the basic needs of an elder. Symptoms of neglect may include:

  1. Bedsores
  2. Rapid weight gain or loss
  3. Under or over medication
  4. Untrained staff
  5. Unsanitary living conditions
  6. Dirty bed linens and/or clothing
  7. Untreated sores or open wounds
  8. Malnutrition or dehydration

Elder neglect occurs often when the caregiver:

  1. Fails to medicate or treat elder
  2. Not bathe elder
  3. Not provide adequate activity to the elder
  4. Not allow family or friends to visit

Other types of elder abuse include emotional and psychological abuse. While it may be less visible than physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse can be just as damaging to the elder’s health and well being. Symptoms of emotional and psychological abuse may include:

  1. Isolation
  2. Unwillingness to communicate
  3. Depression/Negative attitude
  4. Nervousness
  5. Rocking or sucking
  6. Lack of interest in visitors or social activities
  7. Violent behavior, e.g. biting/hitting

Emotional and psychological abuse may occur when the caregiver does such things as:

  1. Call the elder hurtful names
  2. Talk down to the elder
  3. Treat the elder like a child
  4. Give elder the “silent treatment”
  5. Withhold elder from family and friends

We must be advocates for the quality care our elderly friends and family members deserve. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact an experienced Oceanside elder abuse attorney at the Liljegren Law Group today at 760-613-9906. There is no charge for your initial consultation.