Nursing Home Neglect
When it comes to our elderly loved ones, we try to do as much as possible for them and that includes keeping them safe. So, if the time comes where your loved ones may need to be placed in a nursing home due to the level of care needed, the last thing on our minds is the potential for nursing home injuries. No one wants to even think this is a possibility, but sadly it can be. There are several types of injuries that can occur in a nursing home due to falls, trips and slips, neglect, or even elder abuse. And if you’re not able to keep track of your loved one as much as you’d like, it’s possible this can all be happening behind your back without being reported.
So, if your loved one is injured in a nursing home and you believe the injury was not the result of a true accident, there are signs that you can look for to determine if there might be abuse occurring. Some of the most common signs of nursing home injuries caused by abuse are:
Dehydration or malnutrition
Head injuries or fractures
Bruises, cuts, or welts that appear out of nowhere
While some of these injuries listed can certainly occur due to innocent accidents, many others have a greater likelihood of being due to abuse, or neglect. Along with these injuries, you may also discover that your loved one has gone through changes in his or her mental state such as sudden withdrawal, noticeable agitation, a reluctance or refusal to speak with you when staff members are in the room, incessant rocking, or excessive flinching when touched.
If you truly believe your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, make sure that you remove him or her from the situation if you think it will happen again. Always contact the authorities to have the situation addressed properly. If something questionable is happening, don’t let it happen to others.