Whenever nursing home abuse or neglect occurs, it is a tragedy that can be all the more frustrating when it could have been prevented entirely, and it is especially damaging to the family members. It is nearly impossible to know if any of the extent of the abuse of our elderly loved ones without actually being by their side all the time. However, with regular visits, open communication and an observant eye, you can see what takes place around you when you are not around. There are common indications of nursing home neglect that if you know before hand you can spot, and we at Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law, would like to share them today.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
1) Bed Sores. A person needs to be attended routinely to make certain they are not lying in the same position for too long at a time, no matter how padded or comfortable the bedding may be, it still requires frequent changing. Seniors especially are prone to painful bruising and welts on their bodies, which are known as bed sores, when the attendants neglect their responsibilities. Because bedsores are easily prevented, finding any on your loved one is usually a significant indicator the there are other forms of mistreatment occurring there as well.
2) Depression. Regardless of age, a healthy individual is happy. If your elderly loved one is showing visible signs of unusual displays of depression or even fear, they could be subject to physical abuse or malnourishment.
3) Malnutrition. Seniors often experience a noticeable reduction in their appetite as they age. It is the responsibility to of the nursing home staff to ensure their patients are eating enough to maintain their health in addition to proper hydration. If during visits your loved one is complaining of hunger or thirst, hazardous nursing home neglect is highly likely.
4) Mysterious Injuries. There should be no preventable injuries occurring if the nursing home staff members are doing their duties efficiently. Stumbling out of bed, or bumping into objects can happen, but any bruises and cuts should be explained. If any wounds appear that cannot be explained, further investigation should undoubtedly be explored.
5) Wrongful Death. Nursing homes are typically the final home for many of our senior loved ones, however, that doesn’t excuse preventable death either. Unexpected or sudden death of your loved occurred in a nursing home, and something did not seem right, abuse or neglect could be to blame. Especially if you spotted any of the above noted signs of neglect and abuse prior to the sudden death of your loved one, opening an investigation is essential.
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At Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we believe that the elderly deserve the best treatment in the nursing home you entrusted care of your loved ones. By developing a strong case on your behalf and approaching your claim from all sides, we will work hard to not only remove your loved one from the potentially dangerous living situation but look to compensate your family financially due to the trauma of the experience. Call us today to schedule your consultation.