• Signs of Nursing Home Negligence: Stay Vigilant to Protect Elderly Relatives

    We all want our senior family members to live long, healthy, independent lives. Unfortunately, as people age their health often deteriorates, and many lose the ability to care for themselves or to live alone safely. Relatives are forced into the uncomfortable position of having to seek alternative living arrangements that will provide medical care and supervision, and this often means a nursing home. Though many of these facilities are staffed by caring and compassionate personnel, we’ve all heard horror stories of abuse and neglect. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is important that you educate yourself about the signs of nursing home negligence, and stay vigilant to protect your elderly relatives. At the first sign of trouble, a nursing home negligence attorney from Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr can step in and take the necessary actions to protect your loved one and get them the justice that they deserve.

    Though stories of nursing home abuse often make the news, issues of neglect don’t garner the same type of headlines though they can be just as serious, and potentially deadly. Federal law defines nursing home neglect as a “failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.” Neglect is often not intentional but it can cause tremendous harm. It can also be represented in many different ways, but there are a number of warning signs that nursing home neglect is going on. These include:

    • The appearance of bedsores on your relative’s body
    • Injuries resulting from accidents in the bed or getting in or out of the bed
    • Dehydration
    • Malnutrition
    • Falls
    • Fractures of limbs
    • Head injuries
    • Chronic infections
    • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
    • Unexplained death
    • Unclean conditions in the nursing home public areas or the resident’s room
    • Unhygienic or unsanitary conditions such as unchanged linens or dirty bathrooms
    • Poor personal hygiene for the nursing home resident, including not having been bathed or their clothing being soiled
    • Being victimized or abused by another resident
    • Finding your relative unattended and alone

    There are several different types of neglect that a nursing home resident may be subjected to. These include:

    • Emotional neglect in which the resident is ignored or not included in social activities.
    • Personal hygiene neglect in which they are not provided with the assistance they need to bathe, dress, or be groomed
    • Basic needs neglect in which their nutritional or hydration needs are not met, they are not provided with toileting helps, their laundry is not changed, and their environment is not cleaned.
    • Medical neglect, including failure to provide medication, failure to rotate or move them in order to prevent bed sores, failure to provide therapies as ordered.

    There are a number of reasons why nursing home neglect can occur, but the result is the same: the resident is cheated of the care that they have been promised, and may suffer a number of damages. The compassionate attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr are able to provide you with the legal assistance that you need to keep your relative safe and get them the justice that they deserve. Call us at the first sign of negligence.

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