Placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility is one of the hardest things an Olean area family can do. But there comes a time in many people’s lives where they are unable to care for themselves. A skilled nursing facility can offer the care that an elderly person needs in a safe and supportive environment. Most of the time nursing home residents are treated with respect and dignity but families should also recognize the signs of nursing home abuse.
No one wants to imagine that their loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, but it continues to happen in New York and across the United States. The following are some signs families should be aware of that nursing home abuse may be going on.
- Loved one is more confused and disorientated. They may also be sleeping more due to an overdose on certain medications.
- The loved one has become incontinent due to unavailable help with toileting or has sores from sitting in urine or feces.
- They have become immobile or having difficulty getting around due to lack of therapy and daily walking.
- They have poor personal hygiene and smell of urine, wear dirty clothes, have unwashed hair, body odor, or overgrown nails.
- They have unexplained broken bones, bruises, dislocations or scratches. These can be the result of rough handling during transfers, repositioning, medication administration, etc.
- They are dehydrated or have sudden weight loss.
- They have developed bed sores, open wounds or frequent urinary tract infections.
- They are showing a lack of interest in favorite activities or are more withdrawn.
- There are unexplained falls or accidents.
- They have become more agitated, fearful, embarrassed, or anxious due to emotional abuse.
If a family believes their loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney has the experience necessary to guide families in what their next steps should be and can hold the negligent parties responsible.