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Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Due to the advances in modern-day medicine and the increased awareness about eating right and exercising, today's elderly population is living longer than ever before. With so many people living into their 80s, 90s and beyond, Americans are finding that they have a greater need for nursing homes.

While some older people are able to take care of themselves well into their 80s and 90s, that is not the case for many elderly individuals who are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and other physical and mental impairments. When round the clock care becomes critical, families are having no choice but to place their loved one in a nursing home.

Nursing homes play an important role in our society as they care for older Americans who are no longer able to care for themselves. The problem is, nursing home abuse is common and widespread and even occurs behind the doors of the finest facilities.

One of the most common forms of nursing home abuse is neglect, which occurs when a resident does not receive the proper level of care that he or she so desperately needs. Just like young children who can suffer from neglect, when a nursing home resident does not receive proper care, their physical and mental health can decline and sometimes it can lead to an untimely death.

Red Flags to Watch Out For

If you are planning on placing your loved on in a nursing home, you must remain alert and aware that your loved one could become another victim. Here are some major red flags to watch out for:

  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Dirty, smelly, or unsanitary living conditions
  • Sudden or extreme weight loss
  • Insufficient or loss of mobility
  • Unexplained bruising, scratches, or restraint marks
  • Psychological problems, such as anger, anxiety, fear, and PTSD

There are different reasons for nursing home neglect, but often it comes down to understaffing, inadequate training provided to the staff, and a lack of education about health on behalf of the staff. Regardless of the reasons for the neglect, there is no excuse.

If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused at a nursing home, we urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer for legal advice. If it turns out that your loved one is a victim, filing a lawsuit can help bring the perpetrators to justice and help prevent further abuse.

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