Group Home Abuse in Phoenix
Ideally, group homes are places where people with disabilities can live in a family-like setting and have their needs met. Placing your loved one in such an environment is an act of great trust, because he or she is so vulnerable. It is the duty of a group home’s staff to make sure your loved one is safe, getting the special care he or she needs. This can include supervising activities, feeding, administering medication, transporting to doctor’s appointments, and more. Sadly, there have been documented cases of neglect and abuse in Arizona group homes, including a recent case where an autistic boy was punched and kicked by a staff member in Mesa.
If you suspect that a loved one has been mistreated while in assistive care, you owe it to them to contact a compassionate attorney. The Husband and Wife Law Team has been fighting for the rights of those with special needs since 1996. Let us put our experience and skill to work on your loved one’s case. Call (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation with a Phoenix personal injury attorney.
In Arizona, a group home is usually defined as a place of residence for at least six developmentally disabled people. These facilities must be licensed by the state and meet basic requirements, such as having electricity, running water, and an accessible telephone. Each resident must have his or her own bedroom, and the hallways, doors, and walkways need to be wide enough to accommodate residents covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The group home’s license must be renewed every two to three years and be displayed in a common area at all times.
A group home resident can be abused physically, sexually, verbally, emotionally, and financially. The perpetrator may be a caregiver, a visitor, or even another resident.
- Caregiver Abuse or Neglect: When visiting a loved one at a group home, you should be on the lookout for signs of abuse and neglect, including disappearing personal items, unexplained bruises or injuries, the development of pressure sores (bedsores), evidence of malnutrition and dehydration, overmedication, poor hygiene, withdrawal, depression, or nervousness in the presence of a staff member.
- Resident-on-Resident Abuse: You should also be aware of how closely residents are supervised. Elopement (wandering or running away from a facility) is often the result of inadequate supervision. Lack of supervision can also result in falls and other accidents, as well as bullying and abuse by other residents. It is the responsibility of the group home to keep aggressive residents from harming others, both physically and emotionally.
You should also keep an eye out for unsanitary conditions. Because many people who reside in group homes have health issues, maintaining a clean environment can help prevent infections and the spread of disease. If your loved one develops an illness that could have been prevented, you have a legal case for compensation.
Vulnerable adults should never be subjected to mistreatment—especially by those entrusted with their care for money.
If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected at an assisted living facility, you owe it to them to see that they are removed from harm’s way. You also owe it to them to get financial compensation for the poor care and the costs that accompany it. The seasoned legal team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., can investigate your case, determine who is to blame, and represent you in a personal injury claim for no upfront cost. We’ll go to work to get justice for your family. Call (602) 267-1280 for a free case evaluation.