New Mexico Alzheimer's and Memory Care Abuse Attorneys
People are living longer in the 21st century. Although it has declined slightly in the last few years, the average life expectancy in the United States is currently 78.6 years. According to the Alzheimer's Association, as the U.S. population age 65 and older increases, so does the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
People with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia often need round-the-clock care in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities. Sadly, older adults with memory issues are particularly vulnerable to nursing home abuse and neglect, as they may not remember the abuse.
Nursing home residents with cognitive and memory problems can be abused in several different ways.
Physical abuse may involve striking, punching, slapping, pinching, kicking, pushing, throwing objects, or using force to keep an elderly resident in bed. Signs of nursing home physical abuse may include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or welts
- Fear of a particular caretaker
- Broken bones, dislocations, or sprains
- Broken eyeglasses
- Traumatic tooth or hair loss
- Abrasions resembling injuries from straps or ropes
- Burns from cigarettes, appliances, or scalding
Outrageous and deplorable as is, sexual abuse of memory care patients occurs more frequently than you might imagine. Older adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia are particularly vulnerable to sexual predators. Signs of nursing home sexual abuse may include:
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Bruising around the genitals or inner thighs
- Torn, bloody, or stained underwear
- Pain, irritation, or bleeding of the genitals or anus
- Pelvic injuries
- Social withdrawal
- Suicide attempts
- Unusual or inappropriate sexual behavior
- Depression, embarrassment, or fear
Elder neglect occurs when a paid caregiver fails to provide adequately for a resident’s needs. Neglect can be both physical and psychological. Signs of nursing home neglect include:
- Weight loss, malnutrition, or dehydration
- Mental confusion or apathy
- Withdrawal, agitation, depression, or distress
- Untreated bedsores (decubitus ulcers)
- Lack of proper clothing
- Untreated or worsening medical conditions
- Bad dreams or difficulty sleeping
- Self-destructive behavior
- Poor personal hygiene
- Missing essentials, such as glasses, hearing aids, dentures, wheelchairs, or walkers
- Insufficient heating, cooling, lighting, or ventilation
- Outdated or empty prescriptions
The memory loss and confusion associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia make older people with these conditions more susceptible to abuse. If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a long-term-care facility, report your suspicions to Adult Protective Services. The next step is to seek legal guidance from an experienced New Mexico nursing home abuse lawyer.
We focus our practice exclusively on personal injury matters, including nursing home abuse. Our founding attorney, Dan Sorey, has been licensed to practice law since 2003. We offer personal, client-centered legal services, and will travel to meet you if you are unable to come to us.
Contact the Sorey Law Firm P.L.L.C. today at (903) 212-2822 for dedicated legal advocacy in Albuquerque nursing home abuse matters.
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