Maryland Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers: Getting Help For Getting OldFebruary 15, 2013
In 2009, almost 13 percent of the American population was 65 years or older. By 2030, 19 percent of the population will be composed of those aged 65 plus. As the Baby Boomers navigate their sunset years, getting good care — and recognizing bad care — is essential for individuals, families and communities.
Knowing when to get more help for an elderly loved one is important. Do any of the following apply?
- A recent injury or illness significantly diminished capacity for self-care
- Bills are unpaid, accounts are overdue and the senior does not understand the problem
- Dementia or disability prohibit attention to daily details like hygiene, meals or self-care
- Is the home disorderly, appliances in poor repair, dishes undone and refrigerator empty?
If more help is needed, getting information from local resources can help you make decisions and find quality, affordable care.
Recognizing poor quality environments is critical to making good residential nursing decisions. Ask about:
- The ratio of caregivers to patients
- Protocols to prevent bedsores and dehydration
- Appropriate nutrition
Despite taking every precaution, however, you may still find that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse. Some telltale signs of such abuse include recent, unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, fear, nervousness or other changes in behavior and marks or bruises. If you spot any of these signs, contact the authorities and an attorney right away. A skilled Maryland nursing home negligence lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. can help protect your loved one, so contact us right away at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or online for important legal advice.