EDMONTON ELDER ABUSE LAWYER
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Edmonton Lawyers: Protecting Those Who Can’t
No one deserves to be a victim of nursing home abuse. Unfortunately, this type of mistreatment is all too common in nursing homes across the country.
Elder abuse can take many forms, from physical to financial exploitation. Unfortunately, many victims are unable to speak up for themselves or are afraid to do so. This is why it’s important for loved ones to be aware of the signs and to take action. Signs of distress can include bruises, bed sores, weight loss, changes in behavior, and more.
EDMONTON NURSING HOME MISTREATMENT
Nursing home mistreatment is a problem in Canada, including in Alberta. If you, or a loved one, has been a victim due to the negligence of an employee or owner of a nursing home, you may be able to recover compensation.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF ABUSE
The law classifies nursing home abuse into five categories: physical, emotional, sexual, abandonment and neglect, and financial abuse.
This distress is physical force or physical punishment in a way that is excessively harmful or cruel to a nursing home resident. This can also include the improper use of a physical device to restrain or cause pain.
This is the inappropriate verbal or nonverbal communication by staff members that inflicts pain, distress, or anguish on a nursing home resident. This can comprise but is not limited to yelling at, threatening, humiliating, or verbally abusing a resident.
This is the non-consensual sexual contact of an institutionalized person by an employee, resident, or another person. This includes inappropriate touching, fondling, or forced sexual activity.
ABANDONMENT AND NEGLIGENCE
This is the illegal use of a nursing home resident’s money or property. This includes, but is not limited to, stealing, misusing, or mishandling the resident’s money or property.
Here are several physical and psychological signs that your elderly loved ones have been abused.
- Mood swings
- Hovering caregivers who do not allow a family to be alone with their loved one
- Emotional outbursts
- Unkempt physical appearance
- Broken bones and fractures
- Frequent infections and open wounds
- Sudden and unexplainable weight loss
- Bruises and cuts
- Dehydration signs, such as dark urine, dry skin, sunken eyes, fatigue, and rapid breathing
- Signs of poor hygiene, such as a foul odour, dirty hair and skin, and soiled clothing
- Reclusiveness and refusal to speak
- Refusal to eat
- Refusal to take medications
- Changes in mental health
- Missing funds and unexplained asset loss
WHY CHOOSE SIDHU PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS?
Our elder abuse attorneys are highly experienced and dedicated to the practice of personal injury litigation. We take fulfillment in providing the most satisfactory results possible for all of our clients. We understand that each case is different, and we are here to help you no matter what your circumstances are.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Some residents complain of the food not tasting or of a particular flavour. In addition, the meals may leave residents feeling hungry within a few hours of eating. This can originate from constipation, dehydration, and malnutrition.
Slow responses to calls
Elderly residents living in nursing homes need assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and eating. They should be able to call for help when they need it. However, residents may feel neglected if a nursing home takes too long to respond to these calls. This can lead to additional health problems.
Nursing homes may be unable to provide adequate staffing levels, especially during the evenings and nights. This can cause delays in response times, making it difficult for residents to receive the care they need.