When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we are no longer able to take care of them on our own. We have done our best to find a team of professionals in a medical setting that we can trust to take care of our loved ones in our place. However, even our best intentions can sometimes lead to choose the wrong homes for our loved ones. At this point, it is crucial that we are able to spot the red flags of nursing home neglect.
As our loved ones age, they are no longer able to perform basic personal hygiene tasks. These tasks include getting dressed properly, brushing their teeth and hair, bathing, and more. If these tasks are being neglected and your aging loved ones are in a general state of untidiness, it is time to question the nursing home. There may be a lack of staff, or the staff currently employed may have a lack of education or experience due to the facility needing to hire people quickly. It may also be due to unsanitary living conditions, and if this is the case, there may be a violation of federal law.
Another one of the common signs of nursing home neglect is a physical issue that stems from lack of nutrition, i.e., malnutrition and dehydration. If you notice this issue, you may want to give staff the benefit of the doubt and say there is a lack of oversight, but regardless, it is a significant problem. Other causes of malnutrition and dehydration in nursing homes include the lack of individualized care, high nurse turnover, or some medical problems such as depression or difficulty swallowing.
Along the same lines, keep an eye out for lack or loss of mobility. For many patients in a nursing home, mobility is an issue. When they are set up in a good nursing home, the staff will help each patient move around, exercise, and remain as active as medically possible. However, if you notice bedsores or other such infections, this is a sign that your loved one is being left in bed for longer periods of time than need be.
If it comes to the point where you notice these signs or any unexplained injuries and need to speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer, then make sure you have a detailed case. Nursing home abuse is a tragic problem, and it can cause much more than physical injuries for your loved ones. Take action as soon as you can.