For many families, deciding to put their loved one in a nursing home is a big and emotional decision. If this applies to your situation, you likely investigated several facilities before choosing one. The goal is always to ensure your loved one receives the best care possible.
Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse may still occur despite all this due diligence. Knowing the warning signs of neglect can help you act and ensure your loved one is protected.
1. Poor personal hygiene
Many individuals in a nursing home require assistance from the staff to perform basic hygiene tasks like bathing, getting dressed, brushing their hair and more. If the staff does not meet these needs, then your loved one will begin to show signs of being dirty, unkept, and other signs of poor hygiene. This is a common type of nursing home neglect that occurs.
Nursing home residents often rely on the facility to provide healthy, nutritious meals that meet their special dietary requirements. Most residents are unable to cook or prepare food for themselves. Additionally, some residents need foods that are soft and easy to swallow. It is another sign of nursing home neglect if your loved one appears dehydrated or malnourished.
3. Unexplained injuries
Your loved one may have difficulty moving and walking on their own, which could be one reason you decided that a nursing home facility was in their best interest. However, if the staff fails to help them move and adjust their position, injuries like bedsores may occur. Additionally, injuries like head contusions and broken bones can be signs of neglect.
Protect your loved one from nursing home neglect
If you suspect your loved one is being neglected, you have rights. It is best to report the concern to the management and take legal action if necessary.