According to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 39,100 Assisted Living settings exist in the United States, with about 971,900 beds, providing services to 733,300 persons every day.
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) are different than nursing homes in that ALF residents typically require less care than nursing home residents. Assisted living residents are generally more capable of handling daily activities such as grooming, eating, and transferring from place to place.
While assisted living facilities differ from nursing homes, assisted living residents may still be victim to abuse. It is important for assisted living residents and their family members to be aware of what goes on in an assisted living facility. In cases of assisted living abuse, residents and their families should seek an assisted living abuse lawyer as soon as possible.
Types of Assisted Living Abuse
Assisted living abuse can take on several forms including:
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse includes unwarranted physical harm including slapping, hitting, pushing, or kicking. Improper use of restraints and excessive restraints are also included. Physical abuse occurs when the resident is denied food or drinks, or forced to consume certain foods or drinks. Residents who have been subjected to physical abuse may have unexplained bruises, cuts or other injuries.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse occurs when an individual engages in non-consensual sexual acts with an assisted living resident.
- Unnecessary medical procedures: Some assisted living facilities perform or request medical procedures on healthy residents in order to fraudulently obtain compensation.
- Psychological Abuse: Psychological abuse may occur as verbal assault, harassment, bullying, and degradation. Psychological abuse may also occur as “babying” a resident or giving the “silent treatment” as a result of undesired actions.
- Neglect: When an assisted living facility is understaffed, residents may be the victim of neglect. Neglected residents may experience dehydration, malnourishment, or injuries such as rashes or sores. A resident may have pressure sores, bed sores or even unexplained weight loss.
- Financial Exploitation: Financial exploitation occurs when an assisted living resident is taken advantage of financially. This may include the unpermitted use of the resident’s money or property for the benefit of another.
Assisted Living Abuse Lawyers
Elder abuse is a tragedy that affects hundreds of thousands of seniors regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic class. Even though one in ten seniors has been subjected to financial, physical, or emotional abuse, elder abuse is still an under recognized problem. When assisted living abuse or neglect happens, many people assume such cases will be resolved quickly and families will be fairly compensated. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. In many cases, families don’t receive the money or support they need during this difficult time.
Many assisted living facilities or their insurance companies will deny any wrongdoing. They also routinely hire an attorney to handle such disputes. If they do accept responsibility, they may offer an unreasonably small amount to settle and claim that’s all your case is worth. It is important to speak to the experienced assisted living abuse lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. Call today at 727-222-6922 or click to contact us online to schedule your free legal case evaluation and consultation.
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