Understanding Nursing Home Abuse: 5 Warning Signs to Look forTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. February 28, 2013
According to a recent report, more than 44 percent of nursing home residents have sustained some form of nursing home abuse. Furthermore, 48 percent of nursing home residents report that they believe that they had been treated in a rough manner.
As the baby boomer generation continues to age, more individuals are will soon be requiring nursing home treatment than ever. Concerned family members may be able to prevent future abuse from occurring if they notice and report the following warning signs.
Lack of Cleanliness
When visiting the nursing home, family members should observe the general appearance of the residents of the home. If they appear to be unclean as if they had not been showered or tended to for some time, abuse may be on the horizon or currently occurring.
Some residents may not have proper hygiene because there are not enough members of the support staff or the staff members are not adequately trained. Family members should also check the general appearance of the facility itself. An unclean facility may be a sign that neglect is occurring at the home.
Another warning sign of nursing home abuse or neglect is when a loved one suddenly begins to look thinner. Additionally, some nursing home residents may not be receiving enough water or other fluids. Dehydration is a clear sign of nursing home abuse and should be immediately reported and acted upon.
Bed sores occur when nursing home patients are left in the same position for prolonged periods of time. The skin may break down, resulting in these sores. Immobile patients are particularly susceptible to acquiring this condition. Patients with other conditions may also develop bed sores, such as individuals with diabetes, neuropathy, renal compromise or poor diet.
When a nursing home resident suffers from an infection, concerned family members should monitor the situation. If repeated infections occur, neglect may be present.
Lack of Access to Necessary Medical Services
Nursing homes are established to provide needed care to elderly and other patients. Physicians may be on staff that can provide necessary medical services to these patients. If non-medical staff members begin to conduct work that was previously completed by a physician, the nursing home may be cutting corners.
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