The state’s health commissioner has suspended all admissions to a Memphis nursing home in early September due to an investigation on safety issues at the facility. Earlier in August, another Tennessee nursing home in Greenville was also suspended due to alleged safety violations. Assisted care living facility admissions are usually suspended if conditions in the facility are damaging to the safety, health or welfare of the residents. If you or someone you know is currently residing in a nursing home in Tennessee, you should understand the warning signs of safety concerns linked to abuse and neglect.
What Are the Common Safety Issues Associated with Nursing Homes?
- Abuse. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, elder abuse is on the rise and has become a major public safety concern. Physical abuse of the elderly includes signs of broken or fractured bones, bruising, cuts, open wounds and lacerations, internal injuries, or sudden changes in the senior citizen’s personality or behavior. Sexual abuse and emotional or psychological abuse are also extremely common in these facilities.
- Neglect. Neglect in nursing homes can be more difficult to spot because there could be fewer physical signs. However, the effects of nursing home neglect can be just as detrimental as abuse. Signs include unsanitary or dangerous living conditions, untreated bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, or untreated health problems.
- Financial abuse. Financial abuse of a senior citizen is defined as illegally using the person’s assets or other property for personal gain. This includes illegal acts such as forging their signature, taking money from the elderly person, signing the elder’s checks, forcing the senior citizen to sign a document they do not understand or agree to, stealing their personal possessions, and improperly using the benefits of being that person’s power of attorney, guardian or conservator.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a nursing home or assisted care facility in Tennessee, you should speak with a personal injury attorney who can give you clear direction and more information on what to do next. Call the Law Office of Stanley A. Davis for a free consultation and the help you deserve.