The holiday season is an especially dangerous time for nursing home residents. Staff are overworked, facilities are understaffed, and families are traveling and visitation schedules may change. Because of all of these changes and uncertainties, nursing home abuse that occurs during the holidays may go unnoticed. Make sure you talk to your loved one on a regular basis, but don’t assume that they will inform you of the abuse.

Check on Nursing Home Abuse During the Holidays

Many elderly individuals may be afraid or ashamed to speak out about the abuse. Residents who are suffering from debilitating diseases may find themselves incapable of speaking out entirely. Make sure that you vary the days and times that you visit, and make a surprise visit so you can see your loved one’s condition when the facility is not expecting you. It is especially important that you conduct these visits during the holidays, so staff members know someone will come to see your loved one.

Symptoms of Abuse

While there is no definitive list of symptoms that reveals abuse, it's important to remain vigilant. Government reports have found that nearly 30 percent of all nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse.

How a Trusted Attorney Can Help 

Peterson & Associates, P.C. nursing home abuse lawyers will work with you and your family to ensure that the nursing home facility is not abusing your loved ones. If they are, we will take all appropriate legal steps to bring them to justice. If you suspect that a loved one is being abused, please contact us.

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