Placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted care facility is a difficult decision. Unfortunately, many families struggle with fears of nursing home abuse and neglect. Sadly, some residents will be the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. To spot neglect and abuse, you should visit your loved one on a regular basis and ask yourself the following four questions each time you visit your loved one.
Does your loved one appear to be physically healthy?
Do you see any signs of dehydration or malnourishment? Are there signs of bedsores, bruises, or other injuries? Any unexplained weight loss can also be a sign of abuse or neglect by the nursing home employees. Your loved one needs to have proper nutrition, enough fluids, and physical care to ensure he or she remains as healthy as possible. Therefore, if you see any signs that make you believe your loved one’s physical needs are not being met, contact our office immediately.
Has there been a change in your loved one’s emotional or mental state?
Moving into a nursing home can be a stressful and emotional event. Your loved one may become withdrawn and depressed as a result. With time and compassionate care, your loved one should begin to return to a normal emotional state. If your loved one continues to be agitated, depressed, or fearful, investigate further for signs of neglect or abuse.
Is your loved one constantly complaining about a specific staff member?
It is not uncommon for some staff members to be unpopular with some of the residents. Your loved one may not like the way a certain staff member cleans his room or prepares his meals. However, if your loved one is constantly making statements that he does not want a specific person to care for him or a specific person is mean or hateful, you should check into your loved one’s complaints.
Are the nursing home staff members answering your questions?
If you have questions about your loved one’s care, ask a staff member. When staff members do not answer your questions, provide incomplete answers, or stall, you need to speak with a supervisor. If you still don’t get the answers you need, call our office immediately. Avoiding you and avoiding answering your questions can be a sign of neglect and abuse.
Call a Lexington Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
It can be shocking to realize that your loved one may be the victim of neglect or abuse. However, it is best to err on the side of caution if you suspect abuse. Our Lexington nursing home abuse attorneys can help you investigate the matter to determine if the nursing home or any of its employees are guilty of neglect or abuse.