Deciding to send someone you love to a nursing home for long-term or around-the-clock care can be a difficult decision. You want them to go somewhere they’ll receive the best possible care, and you need to know that they’re not going to be a victim of violence or malpractice.
Unfortunately, many elderly people do become victims in nursing homes. Whether they’re assaulted, taken advantage of financially or verbally abused, there is no excuse for the wrongdoing that leads to their injuries or deaths.
As a concerned relative, it’s important for you to stay informed. Knowing the red flags of nursing home abuse may help you stop abuse and help your loved one get out of a dangerous or upsetting situation.
3 signs of nursing home abuse
There are many signs of nursing home abuse, but three you should know about include the following.
- Dehydration or malnutrition
When the elderly get older, they tend to take many medications that could affect how they eat. They might have a health condition that affects their ability to swallow or drink, too. It’s important for you to look for signs of dehydration or malnutrition and discuss your concerns with the nursing home staff. If you suspect an emergency, call 911.
- Bruising, cuts or major injuries
If your loved one has started to suffer from multiple bruises or cuts, broken bones or other issues, it’s time to step in. The nursing home should know if your loved one is a fall risk. If they are falling or have been victimized by another resident or staff member, they deserve support and may have a legal case.
Bedsores are a major sign of negligence. Bedsores develop when there is too much pressure on one area of the body for too long. Bedsores can lead to open ulcers, sepsis and death in acute cases. If your loved one has a bedsore, it’s time to take action and address why they’re not getting regular support to help with movement or mobility issues.
These are three signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you’re concerned and suspect an emergency, call 911. You can also start taking photos and keeping records of negative interactions, accidents and injuries. Doing this will help you build a better case against the nursing home.