Neglect and abuse of seniors in nursing homes happens more often than we would like to think. Unfortunately, family members often fail to see warning signs that their loved one is not receiving proper care.
Here are five signs of nursing home neglect or abuse:
- Health problems: A decline in heath may not be due to old age alone. It may be an indication your loved one is not receiving the medication he or she needs, or is not receiving proper nutrition and hydration.
- Emergency room visits: When a nursing home resident ends up in an emergency room, it's the result of an acute medical issue. Talk to doctors to find out why emergency room treatment was needed.
- Bedsores: Seniors who are not mobile may develop bedsores from lying in bed or sitting in a wheelchair. Bedsores are a sign that nursing home staff are not moving your family member often enough.
- Falls: Falls may occur because your family member didn't receive the help he or she needed from nursing home staff.
- Fears: If your loved one seems to be fearful of nursing home staff, those fears should be taken seriously. Your family member could be a victim of abuse.
If you think your loved one may be a victim of abuse or neglect, you can discuss your concerns with the manager of the nursing home or file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Community Health. You can also discuss your concerns with a lawyer. Your family member may be entitled to compensation.
The law firm of Perrotta & Cahn, Attorneys at Law in Cartersville offers a free initial consultation if your loved one has suffered a serious injury due to nursing home neglect or abuse.