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What are the common signs of nursing home neglect?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2018 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

There are a number of different reasons that Louisiana residents can decide to put a loved one in a nursing home, but mostly all of them revolve around the fact that they want to give their family member the skilled care and attention they require in their old age or in a compromised health situation. Even when someone thoroughly vets a nursing home and its staff, it is still possible that nursing home neglect can occur. That is why it is important to recognize the signs of nursing home neglect.

Nursing home neglect takes place when someone does not receive the care they need. It can range from failing to provide help with completing basic tasks, such as those related to personal hygiene, eating and mobility. When a nursing home does not provide the help required, residents can suffer severe psychological and physical trauma. This is why the first sign loved ones should look at is a resident’s personal hygiene. If it appears disheveled or lacking, it might be because someone has not helped them brush their teeth or put on their clothes, as they were supposed to.

Nursing homes are also supposed to be safe and sanitary, which includes clean bedding and clothing, clean bathroom areas and a sanitary kitchen. Family members should inspect these areas regularly. Poor staffing and management can lead to residents suffering from injuries, as they are forced to do things for themselves that they are unable to. Additionally, it can also lead to dehydration and malnutrition, as residents cannot feed themselves or have difficult swallowing.

It can also cause depression and anxiety in residents and cause them to start neglecting themselves. Louisiana residents who suspect their loved ones are victims of nursing home neglect may want to consider getting more information about their legal options.