Monday, November 27, 2017

Three Commonly Missed Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

Nursing homes like Brookdale Senior Living claim that they will provide a safe environment for residents with caring staff who will provide proper care for your loved one. However, all too often, these facilities hire untrained staff who are often underpaid and fail to provide the care the residents need and deserve. In some cases, staff may intentionally mistreat residents and cause injuries.

As a family member of someone in a Brookdale facility or a similar nursing home, you should always watch for the signs of abuse or neglect. Some signs - such as physical injuries - may be more obvious than others. The following are some examples of commonly overlooked signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Malnourishment - As adults age, many of them become frailer and tend to lose weight. Because this is often considered to be “normal,” weight loss may not be recognized as a red flag that something is wrong. If your loved one has lost weight or shows other signs of possible malnutrition,1 you should always ask for an explanation for the weight loss. Otherwise, it could mean that your loved one is not getting enough to eat or not receiving the proper nutrition.

Over-medication - Most nursing home residents are on some type of medication and many are taking several types of medication on a daily basis. In some cases, staff members have been known to over-medicate residents either accidentally or intentionally to keep them sedated so they require less supervision. It can be difficult to keep track of the number of pills that your loved one should be taking, so you should look for the following common signs of over-medication:

  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rashes or flushed skin
  • Lack of motor skills
  • Lack of emotion
  • Mood changes
  • Weight loss or gain

Depression - Many of us consider nursing homes to be relatively quiet and with a somber mood. However, residents of many assisted living facilities and nursing homes are in good spirits and are encouraged to thrive in their later years. If your loved one seems to be depressed, their depression2 could be caused by mistreatment. If residents are isolated, neglected, or abused, their moods can be severely affected. Any non-abuse related depression should also be properly treated. If your loved one is depressed, you should bring it to the attention of doctors and should watch out for other signs of potential abuse or mistreatment.

Contact a Clearwater Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Today

As soon as you notice any type of sign that your loved one may have been mistreated in any way, you should first ensure they are safe and report the neglect or abuse to the proper authorities. You should also know that your injured loved one has the right to hold the nursing home accountable for the harm they suffered. The Clearwater nursing home injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group are here to help you hold facilities like Brookdale liable for their actions, so please call for a free consultation at 727-451-6900 today.

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