Alzheimer’s Patient Abuse
You Can Fight Back on Your Loved One’s Behalf
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are at increased risk for abuse and neglect in institutions such as nursing homes. Because they are unable to recall recent events and communicate them to others, they may not be able to ask for help, making them easy prey for negligent care or emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
How Could This Happen?
Nursing home patients are too often subject to negligent care or intentional abuse. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease are at a greater risk because they experience memory problems, emotional outbursts and occasional violent behavior. This can stress caregivers into accidental or deliberate violence in response. In other cases, caregivers may intentionally exploit the patient’s impaired mental capacity.
Alzheimer’s patients may suffer physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of nursing home staff. They may also be victims of negligent care, including dehydration and malnutrition, poor hygiene, improper restraints and lack of supervision.
In addition to signs of physical abuse in Alzheimer’s patients, you may notice symptoms of emotional and mental trauma such as unexplained crying, fearfulness, withdrawing from social interaction, refusing food and difficulty sleeping. If you suspect that your family member is being abused, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.
Your Long Island and New York City Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you have a loved one who suffered abuse or neglect in a New York nursing home, we urge you to contact us at RGLZ. Our attorneys have extensive experience with nursing home injuries caused by neglect and abuse. We can help your family seek justice and financial compensation for your loved one. To schedule a free consultation with a Suffolk County or New York City Alzheimer’s patient abuse attorney, please call 866-639-5567 or contact us online. Let the RGLZ family help your family.