The 241 assisted living centers in Arkansas are regulated by the Department of Health Services through a one-to-five star rating system. This system exists to help patients and their families evaluate the quality of the nursing home when selecting a facility.
The staff at Taylor King Law understands that your decision is a difficult one. If you grow suspicious that your loved one is being abused or neglected, please call our office. Symptoms of neglect include bruises, broken bones, bedsores, weight loss or malnutrition, and failure to receive medication.
The Vulnerability of Aging
The idea of nursing home abuse is a disturbing one, but it happens more frequently than you might think. Elderly residents are often unable to report their abuse, either because they are unable to communicate effectively, or because they fear the repercussions. As people age they often lose physical strength, mental awareness, or experience serious medical issues, all of which makes them vulnerable to exploitation. You are the greatest ally to protect your loved one’s safety and dignity.
Abuse Comes in Many Forms
We often think of abuse as a physical action, but emotional and financial abuse are also possible. As nursing home care becomes more financially feasible than at-home care for many people, it’s vital that we as a society act to protect people from these serious crimes.
Because nursing homes are businesses, they are sometimes more driven by profit than compassion. Some caretakers may try to justify “cutting corners” that are, in reality, resulting in poor standards of care.
Believe the Best, but Be Watchful
The Nursing Home Abuse Center gives a detailed list of warning signs to watch for, from physical signs to emotional symptoms, that may indicate your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect. If you recognize these signs, or have reason to believe a senior is being abused, visit the Arkansas Report Elder Abuse page to find contact information for Abuse Prevention in your county. A personal injury attorney like Taylor King can help your loved one get the compensation they deserve for mistreatment and abuse.