Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

The elder community is the demographic that is taken most advantage of. Memory loss, hard hearing, and reliance on others’ are some of the factors that the seniors face which makes them vulnerable to abuse. Majority of nursing homes are filled with individuals who are unable to care for themselves anymore. Unfortunately, many times these seniors are neglected and abused by nursing home workers. Neglect is when a nursing home fails to provide the proper care for their residents. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you should be aware of these signs of neglect and abuse.

Poor personal hygiene

All residents should be provided with good hygiene procedures such as showers, sponge baths, clean clothing, and clean diapers (if necessary). Many residents need assistance with all of these personal hygiene routines, If there is a lack in hygiene, the workers may not be attending to the residents hygiene needs properly.

Unsanitary living conditions

The resident rooms and bathrooms should be cleaned regularly. If there are accidents or spills, those messes should be cleaned immediately. Residents should be sleeping in clean beds and using clean toilets. If you notice unsanitary conditions, that should alarm you to think about resident neglect at the nursing home.

Unexplained Injuries

Residents should never have unexplained bruises or fractures. These types of injuries should be avoided by all means by the nursing home staff. Their duty is to protect and care for their residents. Every medical issue should be explained in writing. If there are bruises or fractures and no one can answer why they are present, that is an issue.

Malnutrition

Nursing homes are responsible for feedings residents nutritious meals while thinking about their dietary restrictions. They are also responsible for keeping all residents hydrated throughout the day. If there is sudden weight loss in a resident, it could be caused by a lack of nutritious food and water.

Lack of Friendly Interaction With Staff

There should generally be a friendly interaction and rapport between residents and nursing home workers. Workers should be taking a friendly tone when speaking to all residents. It is abuse if harsh tones and inappropriate language are used towards residents.

If you feel your loved one is being neglected or abused at a nursing home, you can act to help them! You have the power to find justice for them and we want to help. For more information, please call us today.