Nursing home neglect has been a growing issue in our county. Neglect in nursing homes happens when a resident is not receiving the proper amount of care they need. Most residents usually require basic care such as hygiene assistance, assistance with eating, and help moving around. There are instances, however, where a resident will not receive their basic care. Instead, caretakers at the nursing home or other staff have abused and neglected their patients, rather than offered a caring hand of assistance. Here are a few warning signs to look out for if you suspect your loved one is experienced nursing home abuse or neglect.
Look for a Lack of Basic Hygiene and Unclean Living Conditions
As mentioned before, nursing home staff are expected to provide basic hygiene assistance to their residents. Duties can include helping residents:
- Get dressed
- Brush their teeth
- Comb their hair
When nursing home staff neglect a resident, however, that resident is left alone to fend for themselves. So residents, however, may not be physically able or mentally capable, depending on their ailment, to do some of these tasks. If your loved one is suffering from poor hygiene, such as foul body odor, tooth decay, or wearing dirty clothes, this may be a sign that the resident is being neglected by nursing home staff.
Residents are also required to live in safe, clean living conditions during their stay at the nursing home. Nursing homes are expected to hold up federal and state laws that require the establishment and maintenance of an infection control program in the nursing home through a safe and clean environment. If you notice your elderly loved one is sleeping in unchanged sheets, is wearing unclean clothing, if their room is messy or facilities such as bathrooms are unclean, these could be signs that nursing home staff is neglecting cleanliness and putting your loved one at risk for contracting some type of infection.
Check for Signs of Malnutrition and Dehydration.
These signs include:
- Noticeable loss in weight
- Sunken eyes
Malnutrition and dehydration indicate neglect, whether intentional or not, by the nursing home. There can be various reasons as to why a resident may be a victim of malnutrition or dehydration, the most common being inadequate staffing. If you see any signs of your loved one suffering from poor nutrition or lack of water, report this right away and get the resident medical help if needed.
If you or a loved one are a victim of elder abuse or have experienced abuse in a nursing home, you could be compensated for your pain and suffering. The lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have over 100 years of combined experience helping Modesto county residents with their personal injury claims. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.