The Epidemic of Elder Abuse
When Eryetha Mayberry's family could no longer care for her, they placed her in a nursing home. Mayberry was 96 years old, wheelchair bound and suffered from dementia. But after her daughters noticed some personal items missing, they suspected foul play at the Quail Creek Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. The daughters set up a hidden video camera to catch the thief red-handed. Instead, the video captured two nurse’s aides pushing the woman and gagging her with their hands. The nurse’s aids were subsequently arrested.
Unfortunately, the Mayberry family is not alone. Every year, hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans suffer from abuse, exploitation and neglect. As the size of the elderly population continues to grow, there will likely be a similar increase in elder abuse.
Elder abuse does not only take the form of violence. Abuse may be physical, sexual or emotional. Further, abuse may involve abandonment, exploitation or neglect. For nursing home residents, neglect is the most common form of abuse.
The victim is frequently unable to report the elder abuse due to physical inability or fear. If you have an elderly loved one, make sure to watch out for the most common signs of abuse:
- Bruises, broken bones, cuts and burns
- Bed sores, poor hygiene and weight loss
- Sudden withdrawal from normal activities
- Unexplained change in his or her financial situation
If you suspect any level of mistreatment, you need an attorney experienced in representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. At The Barkett Law Firm, we’ll fight to hold the wrongful parties accountable and get the compensation your loved one deserves.