There are many signs that you should look for to determine if someone you love has been a victim of nursing home negligence. Nursing home neglect often happens as a result of staff members feeling overwhelmed or not having the support needed to provide for residents in their care. Sometimes, staff members may not have the appropriate training, either.
When a nursing home isn’t keeping up with demand or hires people who don’t care about the wellbeing of those they care for, there is a much greater risk of injury or death. To help protect your loved one, here are three red flags of nursing home neglect to watch out for.
- Poor personal hygiene
One of the first and most significant issues to watch out for is poor personal hygiene. If your loved one is going without bathing for days on end or clearly has had an accident but not been able to get cleaned properly, then this could be a sign that there is neglect taking place in the nursing home.
- Weight loss
Another potential sign of trouble is if your loved one suddenly loses a significant amount of weight. This could be from missing important medications, missing meals, becoming dehydrated or other issues, so it’s worth looking into the cause and addressing it.
- Dirty living conditions
Finally, make sure you look at the facility each time you come to visit your loved one. Are there regularly spills that haven’t been cleaned up? What does the facility smell like? Are you worried about the dust in your loved one’s room or have you discovered where spills have dried and caked on the floor? These are all problems that may show that the facility is not able to keep up with basic cleaning. Failing to clean makes a facility less sanitary, and that could lead to illnesses or injuries.
These are three red flags of nursing home neglect to look for. If your loved one has been showing signs of neglect or you believe the facility isn’t safe, then you may want to look into transferring your loved one into a new facility and taking legal action against their current nursing home care provider.