Five Signs of Nursing Home Neglect Explained

Nursing homes should be places where our loved ones receive the care and support needed during the final years of their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes do not provide proper care or supervision. In many cases, nursing home neglect goes unreported. It is important for family members and loved ones to know to know when neglect has occurred. Here are the top 5 signs of nursing home neglect.

  1. Unexplained Bruises or Broken Bones

Mishaps are all too common in nursing facilities. If you notice bruises or broken bones that were not treated or reported, it could signal neglectful care. When an injury occurs, medical treatment should be sought immediately.

  1. Dehydration

Staying properly hydrated is not a problem for most people. For those in nursing homes, dehydration can be a cause for concern. Many people do not get enough liquids, which can lead to serious medical problems. Nursing home staff members should supervise patients to ensure that they drink enough water every day.

  1. Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, are painful skin sores that can develop on the skin. They occur mostly to those who are bedridden and unable to move about freely. The sores happen when bedding continually rubs against the skin. The sores can quickly worsen and become infected. Bedsores are preventable and are usually an indication that the patient is not receiving proper care.

  1. Malnutrition

The elderly are especially susceptible to malnutrition. Medications may cause people to lose their appetites. Dental problems can make chewing difficult. Those suffering from medical problems or depression often lose interest in eating. Caregivers must monitor patients to make sure that they are maintaining adequate nutritional levels.

  1. Falls

Falls are the cause of most injuries to the elderly. Nursing homes must provide a safe environment for patients. Additionally, proper supervision needs to be given to assist residents with their daily needs. Many patients require help standing, walking, or transitioning between chair and bed. Immediate medical care must be provided to anyone who suffers a fall.

Nursing home neglect can lead to serious injuries. Some injuries may be life-threatening or may contribute to a decline in health. When a nursing home fails to provide proper care and a patient is seriously injured, the victim may be entitled to compensation. Legal action may be necessary to get money for damages caused by the negligent care. Contact the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your case today.

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