Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
When your loved one needs a little bit of help with their day-to-day life, a move to a nursing home may be the proper step to take to ensure that their needs are met. More often than not, nursing home staff provides patients with exceptional care each day, ensuring that the person is healthy and happy, but sadly, nursing home abuse is far more common than it was at one time. No one wants to think that the people who promised to care for your loved one is abusing or hurting them, but it is important that you know the signs and keep a close eye if you suspect nursing home abuse.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Oftentimes a patient that is being abused will not speak up about what is happening to them or may not be able to alert you to the behavior. It is up to you to be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse so that you can provide your loved one a voice when they need it the most. Common signs of nursing home abuse:
- Bruises on the body of your loved one
- Bed sores
- Loss of weight
- Changes in mental status
- Other injuries
Nursing home abuse can be physical or mental. Common forms of nursing home abuse include hitting, slapping, or kicking the patient; sexual abuse; failure to provide necessary medical treatment; overmedicating or under medicating, and other ways.
Remember that nursing home neglect is also a potential concern for an individual. Neglect occurs when the patient is not provided with their basic necessities, such as food and water, baths, etc. There are many signs that indicate that your loved one is being neglected at the nursing home, including those listed above.
What to do if you Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Obviously you want the abuse to stop as soon as possible if it is occurring. Try to get proof that abuse is occurring. Photos and/or videos always help you learn the truth of the matter so no speculations are being made. If your loved one has told you that abuse is occurring or if you notice bruises, scars, major loss of weight, etc. talk to a supervisor at the nursing home and voice your concerns, but do not stop there and hope for the best. Reaching out to an attorney is important if you think that your loved one is being abused or neglected in the nursing home. An attorney can ensure that your loved one is no longer hurt in any way and that justice is served if your loved one has been wronged at the hands of the nursing home staff.