Nursing home residents aren’t in a care facility because they are able to care for themselves. They rely on the staff members to help with their daily needs, and they can suffer great harm if those workers don’t provide them with the appropriate care.
It is important for relatives of residents to watch what is going on in the facility and make sure that their loved one’s needs are met. Certain signs can indicate that a resident is being neglected or even abused. Trying to catch those incidents quickly so you can put a stop to them is a top priority. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Residents might be reluctant to speak up about what is going on. In some cases, they might not have the understanding or communication skills to relay the information, especially if they have dementia. They may also fear retaliation if they tell on a staff member.
- There are different types of abuse and neglect. Falls and wandering may indicate a lack of supervision. Bedsores and urinary tract infections may indicate outright neglect. Unexplained bruises can mean physical abuse. Missing items or missing money can mean financial abuse. Even psychological or sexual abuse is possible, so watch for behavioral changes.
If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or abused, you generally can’t expect the nursing home to be forthcoming. We’re here to help you find out what has really happened to your loved one, stop the abuse or neglect and get fair compensation for the damages that your loved one suffered.
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