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Identifying the Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

By McGee, Lerer & Associates  Feb. 29, 2012 2:56p

Putting a family member into a nursing home facility is often one of the more difficult decisions that a family can be faced with. Many families are faced with overwhelming guilt or feel upset that they are no longer able to provide their beloved family member with the care that they need. The truth of the matter is, however, that families who put an elderly family member into a nursing home facility are actually doing what is best for this person – they are providing them with the level of care they need and deserve for one of the most difficult and delicate parts of their life.

While it is rarely touched upon, the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming a growing problem in the world today. The thought of this type of inappropriate behavior from a medical professional or a nursing home staff member can sometimes be enough to prevent a family from getting their loved one the help they need. However, if you have yet to understand the occurrence of abuse or negligence in nursing home facilities, continue reading to learn more about the signs – signs that could potentially save your elderly family member's life.

There are two different types of mistreatment in nursing homes across the nation: abuse and neglect. In most cases, the warning signs of abuse are much more noticeable, especially when this abuse is physical. For instances of emotional abuse or financial exploitation, a nursing home resident may exhibit signs of unexplained behavior changes, withdrawal from usual activities, or a sudden change in their finances. Unusual withdrawals from the bank and the loss of property may also be signs of financial exploitation, which are generally more obvious to the loved one's family.

The warning signs of neglect are sometimes the most difficult to spot, especially for a family who rarely visits their loved one. For example, poor hygiene is a sign that your loved one may not be taken care of properly or may even be denied access to bathe. However, a visiting family member may brush this off as something as simple as not bathing the day of the visit. Other types of warning signs may include the following:

  • Pressure Ulcers or Bed Sores
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Incorrect Medication / Lack of Medication

If you suspect that a family member may be displaying the signs of nursing home abuse, do not wait to speak to the legal team from McGee, Lerer & Associates right away.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Santa Monica, CA

At the law firm of McGee, Lerer & Associates, the team has a thorough understanding of nursing home negligence and abuse cases in the area. Studies have shown that for every one reported case of elder abuse, at least five more are unreported. As such, the firm has dedicated their professional careers to ensuring that the rights of nursing home residents are protected. A Santa Monica personal injury attorney at this law firm will not only advocate the rights of your loved one in the nursing home, but they will also fight to obtain just compensation in this type of case. Do not let another moment pass by if you fear that your loved one is in danger – contact a Santa Monica nursing home abuse attorney from the firm today.

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