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Top 5 Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home should provide high quality care to residents to ensure their safety and well-being. All too often, however, nursing homes do not provide proper care and as a result the elderly may be subject to harmful neglect or abuse. You likely did some research and visited the facility before your loved one moved in. Even nursing homes that look good may not be providing the level of care your loved one deserves. If neglect or abuse is discovered it may be necessary to seek legal action for compensation for the medical expenses and other damages suffered.

Bedsores

Bedsores are also known as pressure ulcers. They are very common among elderly nursing home residents; however, they are a sure sign of neglect. Bedsores occur when the skin continuously rubs against something, usually the sheets. While they may seem innocuous, bedsores can pose a serious health risk and may even be the cause of a fatal infection. The presence of bedsores indicates that the person is not being attended to regularly or properly.

Falls

Falls are the most common cause of injury in nursing home residents. When an elderly person falls they often suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries. Many times the fall causes broken or fractured bones. Broken bones such as a broken hip take a long time to heal and may even require surgery. For older patients who may already have a compromised system a fall can lead to a general health decline and early death. Falls should not occur in nursing homes and when they do it may be because of negligence.

Failure to Provide Medical Care

It is no secret that older individuals living in care facilities are suffering from a variety of medical issues. Of course everyone’s condition changes on a daily basis and requires constant monitoring. When a person has new or worsening medical concerns they must be reported and seen by a doctor. Too often, nursing homes are slow in noticing or reporting health issues. When this happens, there is a delay in treatment, which could cause the condition to deteriorate. Sometimes delayed medical attention will compromise treatment and could even lead to death.

Unattended Residents

Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to all residents. The simple fact is that all too often residents are left alone when they should be attended to. For example, when a nursing home is understaffed the resident may wait a long time for assistance. A patient who needs help getting out of bed to go to the bathroom may end up trying to walk on his own, which causes a dangerous situation. Lack of attention while performing daily activities such as eating could be disastrous. Some patients require more care than others and a resident’s needs may change while living in the home. The staff must be properly trained to care for patients and their changing requirements.

Choking

Elderly nursing home patients are more susceptible to choking than other people. Physical problems may facilitate the need for soft food or smaller bites. A special diet is essential for some of these individuals. Supervision and assistance is required while residents eat, particularly those who are prone to choking. Patience is required during meals and caregivers need to help residents throughout the entire meal. When problems with eating or swallowing are noticed a doctor should provide a diet recommendation that will reduce the risk of choking.

Victims of nursing home neglect deserve compensation for doctor’s bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse contact Levin & Perconti for a consultation to discuss your case.

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