A nursing home attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide you with assistance in making plans in case you require nursing home care. We provide assistance with advanced planning to find the right nursing home and make certain you can pay for it while protecting your wealth. We also provide help in a crisis situation to clients living throughout Michigan’s shoreline communities. If you or a loved one must go into a nursing home immediately, we can help you to protect as much of your wealth as possible while getting care costs covered.
In addition to making sure you can pay for a high-quality home without losing all you have worked for, we can also assist you in determining if a nursing home is a safe and stable environment. We can provide help with reviewing citations and fines levied against nursing homes for abuse and neglect, and we can review nursing home admissions paperwork for things like arbitration clauses — which can cause you to give up your right to hold a nursing home accountable in a court of law for abuse or neglect.
It is important to work with Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle to find the right nursing home environment for yourself or for your family members because abusive behavior in nursing homes is very common and it can be devastating to senior residents and their family members.
Consequences of Nursing Home Abuse
The consequences of nursing home abuse can be dire for vulnerable seniors. According to the National Council on Aging, seniors who have suffered mistreatment face a 300 percent higher risk of dying than a senior who hasn’t suffered from abusive behavior.
Abuse takes many forms, and the consequences of different kinds of abuse will vary. For example, fraud and financial abuse are big problems with many scammers targeting the vulnerable senior community. As the National Council on Aging explains, financial abuse and fraud costs seniors $36.5 billion every single year. This is a huge amount of money, and when seniors face this type of financial loss, it can affect the healthcare they are able to receive, along with all other aspects of their quality of life.
Physical abuse can also have dire consequences for seniors. A senior who is physically abused may suffer from burns, cuts, broken bones and a variety of other types of physical damage. Sometimes, abusive and violent behavior could be fatal. It can also have lingering emotional effects on a senior, and an abuse victim could suffer from conditions like post traumatic stress disorder even after the abusive behavior is stopped… if the behavior is stopped at all.
Emotional abuse, while not causing the same type of direct physical harm, can be damaging as well. A senior who is a victim of emotional abuse may experience depression, anxiety and other types of disorders because of the inappropriate abusive behavior that he or she is forced to endure.
Even neglect can be a dire situation for a senior, which causes serious physical harm and sometimes death. A senior who is neglected may develop bedsores, which can progress to become severely infected open wounds. Neglected seniors who are not able to eat or drink very well on their own could experience malnutrition and dehydration, both of which can have life-changing or life-ending consequences. Neglect also takes an emotional tole on a vulnerable senior and can lead to lingering mental health issues.
These are just a few of the possible consequences of the different types of abuse seniors can face. National Council on Aging also warns of sexual abuse, confinement, and willful deprivation – all of which can have additional consequences for a senior whose caregiver is causing harm.
Getting Help from A Nursing Home Attorney Serving Michigan’s Shoreline Communities
There are many great nursing homes located in and around Michigan’s 210 miles of mainland shoreline along Lake Huron. Our legal team will work with you to make sure that you can afford the right care environment for yourself or your family members within the area. We will help you to find a home where your chances of abuse are slim because of the home’s reputation for high quality care – and we will assist you in taking steps to make certain that you can actually pay for the care you receive without losing all you have worked for during your lifetime.
To find out more about the different ways a nursing home attorney at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help you, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.