KNOW THE SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
OUR EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF SENIORS
Family members can usually tell if something is wrong with their loved one. But they may not be able to connect it to abuse or neglect. There are usually some signs that your loved one isn’t being treated well. The nursing home negligence attorneys at Deratany & Kosner have found that in general, if something seems wrong, something probably is wrong.
Some signs of abuse are obvious. A loved one has burns or abrasions, cuts, bruises, open wounds or bedsores (also called pressure wounds or decubitus ulcers). He or she may experience sudden weight loss, or have poor hygiene from lying in feces or urine for long periods of time. There may be torn, stained or bloody clothes or bedding.
But other signs aren’t so obvious. A loved one may become unresponsive or listless. You may notice strange behavior, especially directed at one staff member. Their personal items may disappear. Money may go missing or there may be unusual financial transactions in their accounts. A loved one may seem physically or emotionally withdrawn.
Common signs of neglect include bedsores and dehydration. A loved one may be falling quite a bit. You may notice a loved one seems increasingly drowsy, has an unkempt appearance or has a changed mental state. Medical conditions may get unexpectedly worse.
Also look for any unusual activity by the staff. For example, you arrive at the facility during regular visiting hours, but the staff refuses or delays access to your loved one. Or a staff member won’t allow you to be alone with your loved one.
Trust your instincts. If you think something is wrong, learn more about what to do if you suspect abuse or neglect. Then talk to an experienced nursing home negligence attorney to learn your legal options.