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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Two Former Alabama Nursing Assistants Charged with Elderly Abuse

What are the signs of elderly abuse?

Two former nursing assistants at Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation in Northport, Alabama are facing felony charges of elder abuse for holding down a 93-year-old patient while another nurse’s aide hit her.  Authorities report that the three women were trying to force the resident to take her medication.  The two aides are charged with violating the Adult Protective Services Act.  Their co-defendant, accused of hitting the resident in the head while she struggled, was indicted on felony charges in early July. 

Is Your Loved One Being Abused?

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem across the United States.  According to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division on Government Reform Committee, over 30 percent of nursing homes have been cited for abuse.  This number will likely continue to climb as a greater percentage of the population enters nursing care facilities. 

Nursing home abuse can be hard to detect, as not all forms of abuse will leave physical marks.  There are several types of nursing home abuse, including neglect, physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, over medication, and financial abuse.  By knowing the signs of elder abuse, you can be a strong advocate for your elderly loved one.  Potential warning signs of elderly abuse include:

  • Bed sores
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Infections
  • Excessive thirst or hunger
  • Listlessness
  • Fear of certain people or situations
  • Poor hygiene
  • Missing personal items or money
  • Confusion or disorientation indicating potential overdosing of prescription medication
  • A decline in mental or physical health

What To Do If You Suspect Elder Abuse

If you believe your loved one is being abused by a caretaker, nursing home staff member, or another individual, contact Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC.  At Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC, we are zealous advocates for the elderly.  Our firm will evaluate your potential case and advise you with an in-depth analysis of your legal rights.  It is devastating to learn that your loved one has been subjected to abuse, but you can take action to hold the person responsible accountable for their horrific actions.

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