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Elder abuse and neglect may affect your loved one

When a loved one is entrusted to the care of a nursing home or long-term health care facility, it is with the expectation that proper care will be provided. Unfortunately, nursing homes may fail to protect residents, provide adequate medical care and meet the needs of elderly residents. By understanding more about elder abuse and neglect, you can protect your loved ones from mistreatment.

While there are many health care facilities that provide quality care for their residents, West Virginia readers should note that it is estimated that as many as one in three nursing homes have been cited for failing to adhere to federal standards. A startling number of patients have said that they have been abused by their caretakers. Even more have admitted that they have been neglected or have seen other nursing home residents neglected.

Victims of nursing home abuse may suffer from physical, psychological and even financial abuse. Nursing home residents suffering from any of these issues may become depressed, show signs of physical duress or even attempt to leave the nursing home. Families have the right to protect their loved ones, investigate the situation and seek a legal remedy to their situation.

When a family suspects that a loved one is suffering from elder abuse and neglect, they may advocate on behalf of their family member and seek help. A skilled lawyer can determine if the nursing home and care providers are liable for any suffering, as well as seek compensation on behalf of the victim. It can be overwhelming to learn that a loved one has suffered, but no West Virginia family has to suffer alone.

Source: ncea.aoa.gov, "Abuse of Residents of Long Term Care Facilities", Accessed on May 26, 2015

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