Nursing homes are tasked with a big responsibility in caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our lives. While there are a number of laws and regulations in place to ensure that these are safe environments for our elderly loved ones, the truth of the matter is that nursing homes fail to live up to their responsibilities far too often. That’s why it’s imperative that you remain observant and take swift action to protect your loved one and find accountability when nursing home abuse and neglect has occurred.
Identifying signs of nursing home abuse and neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. But if you remain alert and are diligent, then you might be able to spot some of the signs of abuse and neglect. Amongst them are:
- Withdrawal or a lack of communication from the victim
- Visible injuries that are unexplained
- Broken bones
- Hospitalization for injuries
- A reluctance to talk when nursing home staff members are present
- Rapid changes in behavior, such as flinching when touched
- The presence of infections
- Sudden or consistent weight loss
These are just a few of the sings of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you see any of these, then you should start asking questions, not just of nursing home staff, but also of other residents. Also, be sure to document your observations.
Seek help finding accountability
If you suspect that your loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home, then you should consider taking legal action. To successfully do so, though, you’ll need to be armed with strong evidence to support your claim. Our firm is experienced in handling these matters and knows how to gather the evidence and build the compelling legal arguments that are necessary to succeed on one of these claims. If you’d like to learn more about our law firm and how we can help, then please continue to browse your website.