An elderly nursing home patient in a wheelchair.At Peterson & Associates, the personal injury law firm of choice in Kansas City, Missouri, we are committed to advocating for the rights and safety of our community’s most vulnerable citizens – our senior residents.  One such pressing concern and issue is nursing home abuse and neglect. Our mission is to empower you with knowledge so that you can spot the warning signs and take swift action if you suspect mistreatment of your loved one in a nursing home.

"90% of all nursing homes are understaffed. This can lead to neglect."

Recognizing the Red Flags for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse:

  • Unexplained Physical Injuries: One of the most apparent signs of abuse or neglect is unexplained injuries, such as bruises, fractures, burns, bed sores, or pressure injuries.  Pay close attention to any injuries that cannot be adequately explained by the staff or other medical conditions.
  • Behavioral Changes: Sudden shifts in behavior, such as withdrawal, anxiety, fearfulness or aggression are concerning signs.  These changes may stem from emotional abuse or neglect of your loved one’s emotional needs.
  • Poor Hygiene and Unsanitary Conditions: Neglect often reveals itself through poor personal hygiene and unsanitary living conditions.  Pay attention to your loved one’s appearance and their environment.  Further, if you notice your loved one is consistently dirty and living in unsanitary conditions, it is a cause for concern.
  • Weight Loss and Malnutrition:  Inadequate nutrition is a common issue in nursing homes.  Pay close attention to your loved one’s weight and eating habits, as unexplained weight loss may be a sign of neglect.
  • Medication Mismanagement: Nursing home residents often require medication to manage various health conditions.  If you observe incorrect dosages, missed medications, or adverse effects from medication mismanagement, it’s essential to investigate further.

What to do if you suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in Missouri:

If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse or neglect, take the following steps:

  1. Document Everything: Maintain a detailed record of any incidents or signs of abuse that you observe. This documentation can be crucial in building a case if legal action becomes necessary.
  2. Report to Authorities: Contact local Adult Protective Services or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to report your concerns.  They will investigate the matter and address the situation.
  3. Contact an Attorney: Reach out to a personal injury attorney experience in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.  They can guide you through the legal process and help you seek justice for your loved one.
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