Identify Nursing Home Neglect With These Questions

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Helping Your Loved One Recognize Caregiver Neglect

Our nursing home abuse and neglect team recognizes that placing a loved one in a care facility can be one of the most difficult decisions a family can make. And with the countless reports of abuse and neglect from both for-profit and non-profit sectors of long-term care, it’s no wonder many family members have anxiety about knowing if their loved ones are truly safe and being looked after. While patients with memory diseases (like dementia) or those surviving a debilitating health event (such as stroke) may have a tough time comprehending or speaking out about neglect, many nursing home residents are able to discuss their care concerns with the help of a family member or friend who is willing to listen.

Some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect include:

  • Basic Needs: The basic needs of patients are not being met. This may include shelter, food and water, and general environmental requirements.
  • Personal Hygiene: Patients are not properly cared for and do not get proper daily hygiene care such as brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and bathing.
  • Emotional or Social: Patients are ignored, left alone, or are treated in a malevolent manner.
  • Medical: Patients are not medically treated when required, medications are not properly administered, or patients are not cared for in a way that is treating their condition.

15 Questions That Can Help Uncover Neglect Symptoms

During your next phone call or visit, take the first step in leading a conversation that may help recognize care deficiencies or warn of neglect using this line of sample questioning.

  1. “What activities did you do this week?”
  2. “Did you have a favorite meal lately?”
  3. “Are you meeting any new friends?”
  4. “Do you need any items for your bathroom or personal toiletries?”
  5. Can I take a look at your sheets?”
  6. “Have you been feeling any pains or discomfort anywhere?”
  7. “Do you need new socks put on or should we change your clothes?”
  8. “Would you like to go for a walk?”
  9. “How are you?”
  10. “Do you still like it here?”
  11. “Are you hungry or thirsty?”
  12. “How is your medication making you feel?”
  13. “Do you need to use the restroom?”
  14. “Would you like me to wash or brush your hair?”
  15. “Is there anything you want to talk about?”

The warning signs of any type of nursing home abuse and neglect should never be ignored. Report any alarming concerns immediately and create a line of questioning for administrators stemmed using the responses you receive from talking with your loved one. Nursing home administrators and local ombudsmen, and possibly medical staff, need to act promptly so residents will no longer be at risk of neglect or worse, an abusive injury.

Chicago Injury Lawyers and Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys

If you feel your family member or friend is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please do not let it go unnoticed. Report it to nursing home officials, state regulatory bodies, and visit with a local nursing home abuse and neglect attorney to see what can be done.

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