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In the state of Wyoming, there are nearly 3,000 people living in approximately 39 nursing homes across the state. Yet in Wyoming and across the United States, abuse in nursing homes is on the rise. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that more than 50% of America's 18,000+ nursing homes are understaffed. This leads to stress and frustration among staff members, who are already involved in delicate and stressful situations as caregivers. This stress, in turn, can lead to elder/nursing home abuse, which is estimated to occur in 30% of all nursing homes across the United States. In the span of 24 months alone, there were more than 9,000 instances of abuse reported across America.

Elder abuse is a term used to describe mistreatment and neglect of older adults. According to the WHO, elder abuse is a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, and can range from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse to malnutrition, financial exploitation, and pure neglect. If you have made the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, you and your family member shouldn't have to suffer through any type of neglect or abuse at the hands of a caregiver or even other residents.

There are some signs and symptoms that provide proof of elderly abuse or neglect. Signs of abuse are frequently the visible ones that you will be able to notice right away. Broken bones, cuts, scars and bed sores are strong signs that abuse is taking place. The signs of neglect may be a bit harder to notice because the injuries aren't as visual. Neglect includes providing insufficient food and water, bathing restriction, failure to change the resident's clothing or undergarments in a timely fashion, and failure to provide the proper assistance to residents who are not self-sufficient.

A loved one may be hesitant or unwilling to speak about these abuses for fear of retaliation or embarrassment; therefore, you should be sure to monitor your loved one and their living environment.

Elder abuse also occurs outside of a nursing home setting and in these instances the abuse may occur at the hands of a relative or associate, or at the hands of a paid home health care worker. Abuse of an elderly person in the home includes deserting any elderly person who is not self-sufficient for such a length of time that they are likely to endanger their own well-being.

If you suspect that someone you love has been abused or mistreated in a Wyoming nursing home, you should contact a Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney. If you or someone you love has suffered any kind of abuse in a Wyoming nursing home, you should contact a Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney immediately.

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of abuse at the hands of another resident, you should also contact a Wyoming civil lawyer or attorney, if you are seeking damages outside of the facility.

A Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will offer a free nursing home abuse consultation where they will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and assess any damages they feel you are entitled to as a result of any abuse or neglect caused by a Wyoming nursing home. A Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will also be well-versed in Wyoming nursing home abuse laws, so they will be well-equipped to argue and win your case.

If you are ready to contact a Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney, visit the American Bar Association website. The site features a lawyer locator search function that can help you locate a Wyoming elder/nursing home abuse lawyer. Access to the site and the lawyer locator is free.


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