Understanding the Effects of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse and neglect of any kind in care facilities has serious, negative effects on the victims experiencing it and their families. Over time, poor care and treatment can take its toll on a nursing home resident. Such situations can lead to multitude of health conditions both physical and mental. In severe cases for those with already seriously compromised health, it can even be a contributing factor to their passing away. For the families we represent in cases against nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other elder care providers, we see a common group of injuries and problems caused by neglect and abuse.
Physical Effects on Elderly Suffering from Abuse and Neglect
The physical effects of nursing home abuse include:
- Falls with hip and femur fractures
- Sepsis and other preventable infections
- Internal organ issues or failure
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Weight loss
- Broken Bones and fractures
- Head, back, and neck injuries
- Overall declining health or worsening conditions when medicine is not properly administered or care is unmet
Mental Effects on Abused Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home abuse and neglect doesn’t just affect the physical health of victims, but it can also take a toll on one’s mental state as well. Common mental effects include:
- Loss of interest in life or activities
- Feelings of worthlessness or loss of hope
- Refusal to interact or speak with others
- Over the top fear or nervousness
Outside Effects of Nursing Home Abuse on Friends and Family
Nursing home abuse does not just affect the victim in a negative manner, but can also hurt the family and friends of the victim. It causes family members needless worry and countless hours speaking with doctors and therapists concerning continuing care. Then they spend long days and nights with their loved ones emotionally supporting them in hospitals and other care settings. This is not only upsetting, but causes family members to miss work and sometimes lose part of their pay because of it. There is additional financial stress from the cost of their loved one’s care that many family members step up and pay for their Mom or Dad. This places much pressure on family members causing their depression or illness. Nursing home abuse’s impact casts a wide net.
Contact a Somerville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer to Discuss Your Case Today
Seniors in nursing homes and other care facilities deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Nursing home staff needs to ensure that patients are safe and secure at all times. If your loved one suffered an injury, or worse, due to nursing home negligence or abuse in New Jersey, you need to speak with a qualified attorney. The experienced nursing home neglect attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Paterson, Elizabeth, Trenton, and Hoboken. Call (732) 877-1975 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a free consultation today. We have an office conveniently located at 80 East Main St, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, as well as an office in Marlton, New Jersey.
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