Warning Signs of Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect
Learn how to recognize abuse in a personal care facility
When you uncover an injury or notice something is off with your loved one at an assisted living facility, your feelings of distress and uncertainty can be overwhelming. These situations raise important questions about the safety and well-being of your loved one in their care. The pain of discovering a warning sign can be followed by the fear of neglect or abuse taking place behind closed doors. You and your family deserve support through this dark time.
At Hal Waldman & Associates, our assisted living abuse and neglect attorneys understand the difficult position these incidents put families in, and we are here to provide support, guidance, and legal representation. Your loved one deserves proper care, and you deserve peace of mind.
Sometimes residents get hurt, but there's no apparent reason why. These unexplained injuries could be bruises, cuts, or even broken bones. Sometimes, your loved one might be unable to tell you how they got hurt because they have trouble remembering or communicating. Unexplained injuries can be a sign of mistreatment, and it's important to make sure that’s not the case, or if it is, to take action.
Changes in mood and behavior
When someone's feelings or actions seem different from before, it can raise suspicions. For example, if your loved one used to be happy and friendly but suddenly becomes sad, angry, or afraid, abuse could be to blame. The same is true if they used to enjoy spending time with others but now want to be alone all the time.
Pay attention to these changes and check on your loved one to see how they feel. If you notice any changes, make sure to report them.
Sudden weight loss
Sudden weight loss can happen if they're not getting enough food to eat or if they're not drinking enough fluids. Malnutrition and dehydration are serious issues that demand immediate intervention.
For some reason, an assisted living facility may not allow residents to see their friends or family as often as they used to. If staff prevent you from visiting your loved one without a clear reason, there may be abuse they are trying to conceal.
Unusual financial situations
If a resident suddenly gives a lot of money to someone they don't know well, or if their things go missing, it should raise suspicion. Sometimes, staff might take advantage of your loved ones and use their money or property in ways they’re not allowed to.
If you see something, say something – and get an experienced attorney
If you notice a warning sign of assisted living abuse and neglect, you don't have to face it alone. At Hal Waldman & Associates, we take warning signs very seriously. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping families like yours find answers and ensure your loved one is safe in their facility
If you suspect neglect or abuse has occurred in an assisted living or personal care facility in Pennsylvania, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Contact us today for a free consultation with an assisted living abuse and neglect lawyer.