When you placed your loved one in the care of a nursing home or healthcare facility, you expected the best care possible. Unfortunately, many elderly residents experience some kind of abuse and neglect.
You may not immediately notice abuse and neglect toward your loved one. Here are five signs that can help you:
1. Bed sores
Bed sores are a form of skin damage that’s caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. Bed sores can be located along the arm, heels, back or neck. Your elderly loved one could develop bed sores if they haven’t been moved. This could indicate that no one has routinely repositioned your loved one.
2. Unexplainable bruises
You may notice bruises on your loved one. Bruises are easier to get as people get older, but they aren’t without cause. In other words, if you notice bruises on your loved one and no one can explain why, then they may be a sign that your loved one is being physically abused.
Your elderly loved one should be bathed regularly, especially if they have medical conditions or wounds. Without regular cleaning and care, your loved one could develop an infection. An infection is more likely to appear if your loved one hasn’t had bandages regularly replaced.
Nursing homes and healthcare facilities often take elderly residents out in the sun for fresh air. You may find that your loved one has developed a sunburn. This could mean that your loved one was left unattended outside for a prolonged amount of time.
Even as your loved one ages, they still need nutrients and vitamins to maintain their body. If your loved one is suddenly losing a lot of weight to the point they look like skin and bones, then they could be suffering from malnutrition. This could mean that your loved one isn’t being fed when they should.
You want what’s best for your elderly loved one. If they’re suffering from abuse and neglect in a nursing home, then you may need to take swift action. By understanding your legal rights, you may be able to approach this issue with well-informed steps.