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Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

By Dianne Freed on August 15, 2018

We trust that our elderly parents and other family members who require daily assistance will be well taken care of in a nursing home. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. It can be difficult to accept the possibility that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home, even when the signs are there. If someone you love is in a nursing home, it is very important to be aware of the warning signs of negligence.

Emotional Withdrawal or Depression

If your loved one is reluctant to talk, distant from friends and family, and less interested in activities, it could be a sign that he or she is being neglected. In addition, a loved one might be fearful of staff members if they are being abused. 

Unexplained Physical Injuries

Unexplained broken bones, bruises, or head injuries could be signs that something is not right. While the occasional fall in a nursing home is to be expected, the nursing home has a duty to take steps to prevent injury and provide a safe environment. Failing to provide a resident with the necessary assistance to get around the facility could be neglect. In addition, unexplained injuries could be the result of physical abuse.

Skin Breakdown or Bedsores

Bedsores and skin breakdown can be preventable with proper care. Nursing home staff members have the duty to reposition and turn residents throughout the day to make sure that they do not remain stationary for too long. 

Poor Personal Hygiene

One of the most important services provided by a nursing home is assistance with daily living skills. If your loved one appears as though he or she is not clean, is wearing dirty clothes, and has overgrown nails, it could be a sign that he or she is not getting the necessary care.

Weight Loss or Dehydration 

If you’ve noticed your loved one is losing a drastic amount of weight, this could be a sign that he or she is not receiving the proper nutrition. While some weight loss among the elderly is expected, noticeable weight loss could be a sign that the staff is not adequately feeding or monitoring the diet of your loved one.

Loss of Mobility

Nursing home residents often have trouble with mobility. A nursing home should make sure that residents move around and are as active as possible to help strengthen muscles and maintain whatever mobility they have.  If your loved one is being neglected, he or she may be in bed for long periods of time and lose mobility.

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If you believe that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you need an attorney to evaluate your case. The experienced attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LP are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 1-844-MDCRASH to schedule your free consultation.

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