Every day, there is another story in the news about nursing home workers who neglected or abused patients and how they may or may not face jail time for their heinous acts (or inactions). However, most people think, “that won’t ever happen to me.” Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Nursing home abuse and neglect cause thousands of personal injuries and even deaths each year.
If you want to make sure that your elderly loved one is not a victim of this horrible crime, it is imperative that you get to know the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Many types of neglect and abuse may occur, so it is best to visit your loved one often to ensure they are happy, healthy and injury free. Some specific signs to be aware of are found here.
If you walk into a nursing a home and there are clear indications of poor hygiene such as a bad odor or unkempt space, then it may be a sign of neglect. Many patients in nursing homes require assistance doing even basic tasks, such as bathing and using the facilities. As a result, accidents happen. However, there should not be signs of this. It facility should be clean, smell sterile and patients should know they can ask for help when needed.
When visiting your elderly loved one, listen to what they (and their roommate and other residents) have to say, regardless of their mental state. This is especially true with it comes to their basic needs such as thirst and hunger. If there are any signs of malnourishment, it may indicate the residents are being neglected. Make sure that staff members are regularly checking on patients and making sure they have everything they need. Some older people have memory issues, but it is still important to listen to what they have to say.
Even though physical abuse is not as common, it still can occur. Make sure to pay attention to any injuries that your loved one may suffer while at the facility. If they have sustained unknown injuries, such as abrasions, bruises, hair loss or broken bones, then it may be a sign they are suffering physical abuse.
Even if the staff always seems friendly and caring when talking to you, pay attention to how they speak to patients and other staff members. They should always be kind and professional. If a staff member ever tells family members, they can’t see their loved one; this is a huge red flag.
If you have noticed any signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is best to contact a skilled Boca Raton Nursing Home Abuse attorney right away. Many personal injuries that occur from cases of neglect and abuse can be severe and eventually lead to the elderly person’s death. For more information and help, contact The Leifer Law Firm today.