When you have to place your elderly loved one in a nursing home because you are unable to take care of them, you hope, pray, and trust that they well be properly taken care of. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Even if the signs are there, it can be difficult to accept that your loved one is not being treated right. Be aware of the warning signs of nursing home neglect and abuse so that you can take the proper steps to get justice.
Depression or Emotional Withdrawal
When you visit your loved one in the nursing home, have you noticed that he or she is more distant than usual? Is he or she not as talkative? Is he or she not as interested in the activities that are offered at the facility? If he or she is being abused, your loved one may be fearful and distant from certain (or all) staff members.
Mysterious Physical Injuries
If your loved one has unexplained bruises, broken bones, head injuries, or other physical injuries, this could be indicative that something is out of the ordinary. While it can be expected for your loved one to fall every now and again, the nursing home and its staff have a duty to ensure that injuries are prevented and that your loved one is provided with a safe environment. If your loved one is not provided with such, then it could be considered neglect. The unexplained physical injuries could potentially be the result of abuse.
With adequate care, your loved one should never experience the breakdown of their skin or bedsores. Staff members are responsible for turning and repositioning residents in the nursing home throughout the day and night to ensure that they don't remain stationary for extended periods of time, which is what causes bedsores. So if you notice bedsores on your loved one, it means that the staff members aren't doing their jobs properly.
Dehydration or Weight Loss
Has your loved one lost a significant amount of weight since they have entered the nursing home? If so, they may not be receiving the nutrition that they require. It isn't uncommon for older individuals to lose weight, but a drastic amount is not normal and is often a sign of neglect.
If you have noticed the aforementioned signs with your elderly loved one in a nursing home, it is time to take action. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out what legal recourse you have.