We trust nursing homes to care for our loved ones – but far too often, they don’t.
The horrifying truth is this: your loved one may be suffering from neglect and abuse in their nursing home and you may not even know it.
What are the signs that your loved one is suffering? And how do you know if you have a nursing home abuse case?
Red Flags for Abuse and Neglect
There are six main signs of nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Lack of Personal Hygiene: If the personal hygiene of your resident is poor, it could be a sign that the staff isn’t doing a good job of helping with basic care – which could mean neglect.
- Loss of Mobility: If your resident is having a harder time moving around – when they should have more mobility – it’s possible that the staff isn’t properly exercising your loved one. Residents need regular exercise to foster movement; if they don’t get it, their physical health can suffer.
- Nutritional Issues: Nutrition is vitally important for a resident. Not giving a senior the proper levels of nutrition – either through deliberate action or carelessness – is a sign of abuse. Your loved one can be greatly harmed if they aren’t getting the nutrition they need, and you can tell if their physical health starts to dramatically suffer.
- Unsanitary Living Environment: Nursing homes are expected to keep living conditions clean and sanitary. A dirty living environment is often one of the biggest red flags that something is wrong.
- Suspicious Injuries: Injuries happen even under the best of circumstances, but bruises, bumps, cuts, burns, bedsores, and other injuries that have no reasonable explanation are massive warning signs. This goes for any major injury, like a broken bone, a laceration, or a concussion. These could be signs that the nursing home staff isn’t properly supervising the residents.
- Psychological Problems: Residents that inexplicably become withdrawn, fearful, agitated, aggressive, depressed, resentful, or reluctant to talk about the nursing home may be victims of abuse and neglect.
How Do You Know if You Have a Case?
The best way to know for sure is to consult with a nursing home abuse attorney. They can tell you if you have a legal course of action. But, in order to help them help you, you need to provide evidence.
Carefully document everything about your loved one’s stay at the nursing home. Talk to other residents and their families about their experience. Document everything your resident tells you, as well as any sign of injury. The more evidence you have, the more likely it is that your attorney can help.
Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
If you suspect nursing home abuse, talk to an attorney. Gather as much evidence as you can about your loved one’s stay at the nursing home. With perseverance, your story could turn into a viable case.
Contact the experienced attorneys at Wettermark Keith for help if you believe you have a case against a nursing home. We truly care about helping you receive the compensation you deserve.