How To Spot Elderly Abuse And Neglect
Moving a parent or other family member into a nursing home or assisted living facility can be an extremely difficult choice. You make the decision because you understand that you do not have the resources to give them the care they need and deserve. You trust that the owners and operators of the facility have their best interests at heart.
Elderly abuse and neglect is not always obvious or intentional, especially today. In Raleigh and throughout North Carolina, the great majority of caregivers love their jobs and work hard. The problem is that many are working overtime and/or lack the resources they need to provide quality care, the consequence of corporate policies and decisions to cut costs.
Common Signs And Symptoms Of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
You can be your loved one’s best advocate. You don’t need medical knowledge, infrastructure or time to provide around the clock care. You only need to understand the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Here are a few things that you should watch out for:
- Unanswered or delayed response to resident calls
- Falls or injuries associated with falls such as bruises and broken bones
- Bed sores, caused by failure to rotate a patient on the proper schedule
- Sudden weight loss, a sign of malnutrition or dehydration
- Residents wandering the halls without supervision
- Reports of residents wandering away from the facility
- Medication errors such as wrong medication, wrong dosage or untimely/improper dispensation
- Improper or unnecessary restraint of patients
- Emotional changes in your loved one such as becoming withdrawn or unhappy
- Lack of hygienic care such as dirty clothes, unbrushed teeth or body odors
- Inadequate lighting, cluttered hallways or broken devices
- Staff that appear consistently frantic, stressed or tired
- Strained relationships between staff and residents
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The list above is by no means an exhaustive list. Your gut can be one of the strongest indicators. If you believe something is not right, ask questions, keep a record and get advice from a lawyer.