If you have a family member living in an Arizona nursing home, you may notice troubling clues that point to inadequate or even abusive care. Elderly residents may be vulnerable to mistreatment and exploitation, and the state’s attorney general has identified signs that may reveal evidence of elder neglect or abuse. 

We have helped clients who have suffered injuries from negligence or abuse at nursing homes. 

Neglect 

Neglect may arise when a senior is not receiving the services that are necessary to ensure safe and sanitary care. Nursing home staff may fail to take care of the resident’s hygiene or medication demands. You may also see inadequate oversight of residents, and inferior care may cause dehydration, soiled clothing or self-injurious behavior. Acts of neglect are not necessarily intentional. 

Physical and emotional abuse 

Physical abuse may come at the hands of nursing home staff, other residents or visitors. This form of abuse may arise from negligent care or intentional acts like hitting, pushing, biting or sexual assault. Using extraordinary physical or chemical methods to control a resident’s behavior may also constitute physical abuse. 

Emotional abuse is a hidden, but hazardous, risk to a resident’s health. Seniors may become distressed or fearful when caretakers engage in verbal harassment or threats. 

Financial exploitation 

Elderly people may be subject to financial exploitation by caretakers who profit by improperly diverting the victim’s financial resources and assets. Predators may coerce seniors into turning over personal items or even credit cards. 

You may visit our website to learn more about personal injury claims arising from the mistreatment of the elderly.