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Abuse of Adults with Disabilities
Our loved ones with disabilities in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are more likely to experience abuse than people without disabilities. 1 in 3 adults aged 65 or older has a disability. According to National Center on Elder Abuse research 30% of adults with disabilities reported one or more types of mistreatment by their provider.
Discovering that your aged loved ones have experienced some type of abuse or neglect from the institution hired to take care of them is heartbreaking. Instead of being treated with the respect and dignity they deserve they are neglected and mistreated.
If you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys immediately. Abbott Law Group has provided representation to the elderly and their families in the state of Florida for over thirty years.
Abuse of Adults with Disabilities Research Findings
- 33% of adult woman with disabilities reported abuse versus 21% adult woman without disabilities
- 33% of adult woman with physical disabilities age 55 and over were sexually assaulted
- 55% of men experienced physical abuse after becoming disabled (abuse included physical violence, neglect, withholding of care, financial, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse)
- Woman with developmental disabilities are four to ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted (Sobsey at al 1995)
Often times, the families of nursing home residents either ignore or do not recognize some of the telltale signs that their loved one is being abused. One reason for failing to recognize nursing home abuse is that it may appear to simply be the result of the resident’s dementia or other illness. In addition, if abuse is occurring in a nursing home or a fall due to negligence, the employer and employees of the nursing home will attempt to conceal any signs of it from family members of the residents. Nursing homes also have been known to downplay residents’ injuries to family members. This is why it is incredibly important for family members to not only know about, but also proactively look for any potential signs.
Some of the common signs of nursing home abuse include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones or fractures,
- Bruises or welts,
- Cuts or lacerations,
- Untreated wounds and injuries,
- Frequent infections,
- Unexplained weight loss,
- Lab findings of a drug overdose,
- Poor physical appearance,
- Uncleanliness of the resident or his living area,
- Mood swings or changes in mental status,
- Refusal of resident to speak to family members,
- Refusing to eat, and
- Facility’s refusal to allow family members to see their loved one alone.
While the presence of these signs is not definitive proof that an elderly resident is being abused, it is important to investigate the matter further. If you recognize any of the above signs of nursing home abuse, bedsores, or other serious injuries, then you should contact the nursing home abuse lawyers of Abbott Law Group today.