• Jul
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Clear Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Shouldn’t Ignore

    Though we tend to think of nursing home residents as elderly people, there are many reasons for people to need nursing home care. Residents are as likely to be young children or teens as they are to be senior citizens, and as likely to be independent thinkers as to be in a vegetative state. The things they have in common are that they all require round-the-clock skilled nursing care, and they all deserve for their environment to be safe and their care to be attentive and responsible. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

    Nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect are a growing problem throughout the United States. Part of the problem is caused by staffing shortages and poor training and some by negligent hiring practices and supervision. Whatever the cause, it is the loved ones of those residing in these facilities who detect most cases of nursing home abuse. If you are visiting a nursing home resident, there are certain clear signs of this type of abuse that you should not ignore. They include:

    • Physical signs of abuse such as unexplained bruises, bedsores, cuts, burns or marks on wrists and ankles that indicate the use of restraints. Other areas of concern are loss of weight or dehydration, which can be an indication of neglect or signs of trauma on the genitals or breasts which can indicate sexual abuse.
    • Emotional signs such as agitation, fearfulness or withdrawal
    • Staff refusal to answer questions about injuries, refusal to permit you to be in your loved one’s room unaccompanied, or being evasive
    • Indications of clear staff shortages, including being unable to get help in a room when you are visiting, complaints of unanswered call buttons
    • Signs of poor staff management such as staff socializing among themselves instead of caring for and interacting with residents. Other signs are patient information not being communicated between shifts
    • Resident seeming to be over-medicated: unfortunately, some nursing home neglect takes the form of medical restraint, where residents are kept in a sedated state so that they do not need as much attention.

    If you see any of these signs when visiting your loved one, don’t hesitate or question your own inner voice. Ignoring these clear signs can lead to a delay in remedying a potentially dangerous situation. For more information, contact us today to set up an appointment

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