It is estimated that over 1 million Americans live in nursing homes. This includes the elderly and those with mental and physical disabilities. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be tough and is very personal. You’ve done your research and believe that you have found a caring and clean place. However, there is always the risk of negligence in a nursing home, and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs.
If your loved one has become withdrawn and seems less like themselves, it could be a sign that they are being neglected. They may be too scared to tell you what is going wrong, or they could be overmedicated. Look for other signs such as sleeping too much and seeming disoriented. If your loved one is experiencing anxiety or fear, it may be a sign that they are emotionally abused. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts.
If your loved one appears unkempt and lacking in personal hygiene, this could be a sign that their needs aren’t being attended too. Smells of urine, dirty hair, overgrown nails, and dirty clothes can point to a lack of basic care and assistance with daily living skills.
Injuries such as bruising, broken bones, and lacerations could be signs that something isn’t right. Your loved one may be abused by staff and is afraid to tell you. Unexplained injuries can also be a sign that your loved one has been falling due to a lack of assistance with mobility.
Unexplained Weight Loss
It is normal to lose some weight as we get older, but if your loved one is experiencing significant weight loss, it could be a sign that they are not getting the necessary nutrition. Staff have an obligation to ensure that residents are well-fed, and if they refuse to eat, they need to make sure they get the proper treatment.
If your loved one is bed-bound, be sure to check them for bedsores when you visit. Bedsores are a sign that your loved one isn’t properly repositioned throughout the day. It can also be a sign that proper medical care is being withheld.
Contact a Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected in a nursing home, you should have your case evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at GGRM have been helping negligence victims for over 50 years. To set up your free consultation, contact us online or call us at 702-978-7641 today.