The decision of putting a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy one. Although some nursing homes deliver excellent patient care, it will never feel quite like “home.”
When you make the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, you expect they will be treated with the highest levels dignity, respect and care. Nursing home or long-term facilities are expected to honor the duties of serving patients with empathy, respect and patience.
“Many nursing home victims are afraid to speak out for fear of retribution.”
The last thing you want to cross your mind is that your loved one is suffering abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, we live in a word where abuse, neglect and poor treatment is highly prevalent in nursing homes.
If you have a family member in a nursing home or long-term care facility, consider watching out for these signs of abuse:
Signs of nursing home abuse:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bruises, cuts or welts
- Bed sores
- Frequent infections
- Signs of dehydration
- Unexplained weight loss
- Refusal to eat or take medication
- Mood swings and emotional outbursts
- Refusal to speak
- And more.
Types of nursing home abuse:
- Falls causing serious injury
- Bed sores
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Unexplained death
When our elders enter a nursing home, we expect them to be treated with the same levels of dignity, respect and love as we would deliver, but the thousands of nursing home abuse and neglect cases say otherwise. The classifications and signs of nursing home abuse may be unpleasant to think about, but it is something that we must actively think about if a loved one is in a nursing home.
If you or a loved one has become a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, don’t hesitate. Call the experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Fellows Hymowitz Rice today.
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