Nursing homes can provide a safe, welcoming environment for elderly loved ones, and many times, a nursing home is the best option for an aging parent who can no longer live alone. But nursing home neglect is an unfortunate reality — and your elderly loved one may not be able to communicate the problem, or they may not even be aware of it.
Obviously, it’s important to stay vigilant about the conditions of your loved one’s nursing home. But what should you look for specifically — and when is it time to report neglect to the police?
Red Flags that May Signal Nursing Home Neglect
Whenever you visit your loved one in the nursing home, look for the following signals that neglect may be happening:
- Fall injuries (signaled by bruising or cuts)
- A withdrawn personality
- Weight loss due to dehydration or malnutrition
- Sudden changes in behavior that have no obvious cause
- Poor maintenance of the facility
- Escape attempts on the part of your resident
If you notice any of these things, further investigation is necessary to determine whether or not nursing home neglect has taken place. If you believe that your loved one may be in danger, contact the police immediately so that they can assess the situation.
Suspect Neglect? Don’t Hesitate
Many people are hesitant about investigating possible neglect because they don’t want to jump to conclusions or make life hard for their loved one by “getting on the nursing home’s bad side.” The problem with not acting quickly, though, is that it could mean life or death for your resident.
If you believe you may have a case for nursing home neglect, contact Wettermark Keith right away to set up a free consultation. We have years of experience with elder abuse and we are prepared to bring justice to your loved one. If we don’t win your case, you pay nothing.
Contact us today for more information.