By: Brian Smith
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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect happen too often. Although horrible assaults do happen, nursing home abuse can sometimes be hard to detect.
Nursing homes and assisted living centers are supposed to be safe places that preserve a resident’s dignity. Family members entrust their loved one to these places and expect the best possible care. Because of this, it is important to know the signs of abuse and neglect to protect your loved one.
- One of the most obvious physical signs is bruising and bed sores. Bruising can be a possible sign of neglect that has resulted in injuries. Bed sores are commonly caused by lying in a position for an extended period without rotating. Lying in one position creates pressure against the skin that results in decreased blood flow. Nurses and assistants are supposed to turn elderly patients periodically to limit bed sores.
- Missed medications or incorrectly taken medications can be a sign of neglect. If a resident is incorrectly taking medication or is missing medication, that could be the result of neglect from staff members that aren’t making sure the resident takes their medication.
- Poor hygiene is another common sign in cases of elder abuse. Bathing, oral hygiene, and fresh clothing are all necessities, and if your loved one has signs that this care is missing, you may want to investigate further.
- Depression and isolation from normal activities usually occur when there is neglect or abuse. The person suffering becomes increasingly isolated from activity and may remain in bed for days without proper care. If you notice a sudden change in activity and isolation, then it is important for you to take steps to find out more information.
If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call an attorney. They may be able to help you investigate further and determine if abuse or neglect is occurring.