Nursing home negligence refers to substandard care provided at long-term senior care facilities. Similarly, nursing home abuse involves direct physical, emotional, or financial harm to a resident. Over 2.5 million Americans are victims of these problems each year, so families should stay alert. Watch out for the signs of abuse and neglect mentioned below to keep your loved one safe and comfortable in their home.
How to Spot Nursing Home Abuse
1. Unexplained Injuries or Illnesses
Broken bones, bruises, and cuts should always have explainable causes, such as the senior falling down. Visible malnutrition, on the other hand, could be a sign that caretakers aren’t feeding them regularly enough. If possible, speak to your family member to address any concerns you have. Otherwise, discuss their health with the nursing home staff.
Ulcers can develop on the skin from pressure applied to the body for prolonged periods. These often develop if someone remains in one position on the bed for too long.
Bedsores can develop quickly and take a while to heal, posing a risk of infection. If your loved one is unable to move independently, staff members should reposition them daily.
3. Personal Hygiene Problems
Caretakers should provide assistance with hygiene and personal care. Your loved one should wear different clothes every time you visit, have fresh breath, and no noticeable body odor. Their bedding must also be changed in a timely manner, so it shouldn’t be stained or sullied.
4. Personality Changes
Abuse and neglect can alter a victim's personality. Psychological distress can increase anxiety and stress levels, causing your loved one to become more aggressive, quick to anger, or easy to startle.
Stay alert if your family member starts to pull back from loved ones, isolating themselves and refusing social contact. Encourage them to open up, talk about their feelings, and express their needs.
If you’re concerned about the wellbeing of your loved one, contact an attorney who handles nursing home negligence and abuse cases. The Law Office of Dana Stricker, PLLC, is here to help. With more than 30 years of experience, Attorney Stricker serves the Bronx, Westchester, and the surrounding area of New York. She’s available 24/7 to discuss your case and answer your questions. Call (914) 588-0651 to schedule a consultation about nursing home negligence, or view client testimonials on her website.