Entrusting the wellbeing and safety of your loved one to a nursing home
is a major decision and, when you finally choose a place, you expect them
to provide the best care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem across the United States, and
neglect is one of the most common forms of it. Being able to recognize
the signs of abuse is key to addressing it and preventing your loved one’s
continued suffering in the hands of unfit and negligent caregivers.
Here are some of the most common red flags you should watch out for:
Poor Hygiene: Nurses and other staff are expected to aid their elderly residents with
basic personal hygiene, such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, bathing,
and more. When a resident is being neglected, it is often evident in his
or her appearance. This might occur intentionally, but is more often than
not a result of an inadequately staffed facility. If staff is improperly
trained, lack of formal education might also contribute to their inability
to administer proper care.
Unsanitary Living Conditions: According to federal law, nursing home facilities are required to provide
residents with safe and clean living conditions and to maintain an infection
control program designed to provide a comfortable environment. When you
visit your loved one, make sure he or she has clean clothing, bedding,
and a sanitary bathroom and kitchen area. These are not just a matter
of comfort, but safety.
Malnutrition: Lack of oversight often leads to malnutrition and dehydration, which can
lead to serious physical or mental issues, such as depression or difficulty
swallowing. Caused by either inadequate staffing or deliberate intent,
this problem affects millions of individuals living in nursing homes across
Lack of Mobility: Mobility is a common issue for nursing home residents and, as such, often
require the assistance of nursing home staff to move around, exercise,
and remain active. A resident who is being neglected might be left in
bed for lengthy periods of time, resulting in a loss of mobility, bedsores,
Unexplained Injuries: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about
1,800 elderly residents living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related
injuries. Those who manage to survive often become permanently disabled
and experience a significantly reduced quality of life. If you notice
injuries like broken bones, cuts, or bruises, this might be an indicator
that abuse or neglect are taking place.
6.Psychological Issues: Neglect also has a significant psychological impact on nursing home residents,
leading to a number of emotional issues. They might be afraid of their
caregivers, or refuse to talk about their issues, which can build up anger
or resentment. If you notice your loved one becoming increasingly distant
or depressed, you should look into the possibility of neglect or abuse.
Regularly visiting your loved one and being observant of his or her condition,
appearance, and emotional wellbeing will help you detect any of these
red flags. If you do suspect that your loved one is being neglected, it
is important to take action and contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.
In severe cases or emergencies, call 911 immediately.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Wichita, KS
If your loved one has been injured or harmed due to negligent
nursing home staff, you have a right to hold them accountable for their actions.
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provides compassionate counsel and powerhouse advocacy for injured victims
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