When an elderly person is admitted to a nursing home, most families want reassurance that their loved one is provided excellent care and a safe environment.
Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are often silent victims of various types of neglect and abuse. It is not uncommon for elderly patients to experience emotional, sexual or physical abuse while being provided minimal to no assistance from their caretakers.
Elderly residents rely on others for their daily care, and due to their physical limitations, they may be more likely to be subjected to the devastating effects of abuse by a nursing home employee. This can lead to illness, a decline in the quality of life and even death.
In 1987, the federal government issued the Nursing Home Reform Law that requires all assisted living facilities to care for their residents in a way that fosters quality of life, dignity and self-determination.
New nursing home residents must be given a copy of these rights prior to admission. These rights include:
If you believe your loved one has experienced abuse or if his or her rights were violated while in a nursing home, contact the elder abuse attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm. We provide a free consultation and will determine if your loved one has a case that entitles compensation. Our personal injury lawyers will fight to ensure your loved one receives the justice he or she deserves.