It is never easy to have to make the choice to place a loved one in a nursing home. Should it become necessary, you expect your aging family member to receive nothing but the best in treatment and care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and when you feel that the care provided has gone from less than adequate to complete negligence, a legal course of action may become necessary.
Neglect from a nursing home may come in many forms, such as mistreatment from a member of the care-giving staff that may come in the form of not only physical but also verbal and emotional abuse. Other objections may include the failure to protect a resident from physical harm by another resident, sexual abuse, or living conditions that are dilapidated or unsanitary. Even a failure to prevent malnutrition and dehydration can be a serious problem.
There are various signs to look for if you believe there is neglect in care. Some of these include:
Bedding or clothing that is soiled
Signs of dehydration or malnutrition evident through weight loss or an unusual rapid decline in energy
Depression or withdrawal
Physical signs such as bruises, cuts, welts or bedsores
It is important to inform the facility administrator immediately if you suspect neglect. There are also state authorities that handle adult protective services that may be notified. Check with your local government services to find out how to register your concerns.
Contact an attorney as well to make sure the rights of your loved one are secured. Legal advice garnered early is invaluable should you be required to pursue a suit. You should seek out an attorney whom has experience in this type of lawsuit to assist in ending the neglect immediately and receiving fair compensation as a result.