The reason why people take their parents or guardians to nursing homes is because they want them to receive the best care money can buy. It is important that you take legal action against the facility where the neglect happened. However, you should be aware that the abuse comes in different forms and you ought to look for things which are out of order in determining whether there is neglect or not. When the staff members are coercing the patient to avoid mentioning the problem, it might take long before you realize that there is a problem if you are not keen. Nevertheless, there are obvious signs which can only mean neglect and abuse and this is where you have to get a lawyer. Physical abuse is difficult to hire and you have to ask about that. There is going to be physical pain following physical abuse and you can easily catch on this based on the behavior of the loved one. Physical abuse can be as a result of using restraints which are not suitable to leaving the patient alone leading to falls and there is no reason that can justify that. If your loved one has burn marks, scrapes, broken bones, reddened wrists and ankles as well as bruises, you should take action. Some nursing homes are not accountable because the mentally challenged people will not be able to tell about this but a neglect lawyer will help you with this.
There are staff members in nursing homes who sexually abuse the people who are admitted there. It is common with the elderly who are too weak to fight back, are mentally disabled or not able to communicate. If your loved one starts wincing when he or she walking or standing, is diagnosed with STDs which were not caught on admission or has bruises in the crotch area then you have to suspect STDs. The loved one will grow tense when the culprit is in the room. Such an action should never go unpunished which means hiring a nursing home neglect attorney will help.
Psychological abuse also takes place in a nursing home and it is one of the abuse forms which are hard to detect. This abuse comes in form of harassment, verbal threats, intimidation, humiliation not to mention intentional frightening instances. It is easy to pick on such habits but checking whether the person becomes depressed, anxious, isolated, does not want to interact with the other residents or is terrified about the staff members in the facility. Make sure you have hired a lawyer the moment you catch such behavior and start the person on therapy to help with recovery.