When families send their elderly loved ones to nursing homes, it is assumed that they will be given the utmost care for their health and well-being. Unfortunately, these facilities have become a haven of abuse and neglect of the elderly residents. When nursing homes fail to live up to the standard of care required from them, the elderly resident can be subjected to serious injury. Here we will look at the common signs of nursing home negligence:
Abuse can arise from several factors. Some of the common signs of neglect may include the following:
Poor personal hygiene. Due to their old age and failing health condition, senior citizens may no longer be able to take care of their personal hygiene. They already require assistance with dressing up, brushing their teeth, and other personal hygiene issues. When the elderly resident is neglected and left on their own, chances are they will not be able to manage their personal hygiene needs.
Unsanitary living conditions. Nursing homes also have the duty to keep living conditions safe and clean. Federal law requires that nursing homes should “establish and maintain an infection control program to ensure a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment for its residents.” The law also requires that they must comply with state requirements for safety and security.
Physical issues due to lack of nutrition. Studies have revealed that about 20 percent of international nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition. As a result, they could experience different kinds of physical problems such as depression, difficulty swallowing, and dehydration.
Loss of mobility. Nursing homes should provide residents with an area where they can move around, exercise, and stay active. Nursing home abuse may cause the resident to be bed ridden for a long time which may lead to loss of mobility.
These are just some of the signs that an elderly resident is being abused by the very facility entrusted to care for them.