Signs of Neglect in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Elder Law | 0 comments

A nursing home should be a place of care and nourishment, but sometimes, it also becomes a place of abuse. Your loved ones may be experiencing physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse in the nursing home. But it is also important to point out that not all kinds of abuses are animated and very deliberate. They may take a subtler manifestation, such as neglect.

As the adult, you are the one who can be assertive and save your loved one from negligence. Always ask your loved one regarding his or her condition in the nursing home. If he or she is not physically able to communicate, here are the signs you can see yourself to determine whether your loved one is experiencing neglect from the nursing staff.

Poor Personal Hygiene
Hygiene is one of the primary factors that determine whether someone is experiencing neglect in the nursing home or not. If your loved one seems to have hygiene issues, he or she may be neglected by the nursing staff. The most common hygiene issues include problems in the hair, teeth, nails, skin, and clothing.

Lack of Nutrition
If your loved one seems dehydrated or malnourished, he or she may be neglected in the nursing home. The most common signs of dehydration and malnutrition include pale skin, lips, and mouth, thinning of hair, weight loss, and disorientation.

Medical Neglect
Many elders need specific medical attention, especially those that have complications such as diabetes, infections, and cognitive problems such as Alzheimer’s. If your loved one’s condition seems to be not improving or worsening, he or she may be experiencing neglect.

Unexplained Injuries
Some elders are physically limited, and if they are not assisted in doing their tasks, they may do the tasks on their own, resulting into injuries. If your loved one has sustained unexplained injuries such as bruises, head injuries, fractures, and sprains, he or she may be a victim of neglect.

Unsanitary Conditions
Nursing homes should have the skilled medical staff and the proper medical facilities to ensure that their patients are taken care of effectively and efficiently. It is also important that the place is always clean to prevent further complications such as infections.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is such a common issue that it has become a topic not just among health professionals, but also among legal professionals. There are lawyers who specialize on nursing home abuse and neglect claims, such as those from Bruner Law.

But to avoid the hassles of legalities, survey the nursing homes if they have the right facilities for your loved one. If your loved one is already in a nursing home, look for the signs mentioned above to prevent further suffering.

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