When you leave your elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home, you may not expect to find him or her neglected when you come to visit.
Knowing how to notice tell-tale signs of neglect happening when you are not around is important.
According to the American Psychological Association, small changes in overall behavior can signal that abuse is taking place between your loved one and the staff. You may see him or her acting more secretive and quieter than normal. Your loved one could appear withdrawn, or even avoid talking to you about what happens in the nursing home.
As time goes on, some mental issues may become more apparent. If a caretaker is neglecting to distribute medications, then your loved one may appear confused or disoriented.
Signs of dry mouth or a rumbling stomach can often indicate prolonged hunger or thirst. When an elderly person needs extra physical assistance for daily tasks, a caretaker’s negligence can seriously harm him or her.
Sudden weight loss or changes in habits can also indicate something is wrong. Unexplained bruises or other injuries such as bedsores can signal a lack of care for your loved one’s physical safety.
If you notice excessive dirt or other uncleaned places in a resident’s room or in the facility, then you may notice signs of negligence. Tripping hazards, like loose cords or spilled drinks, can lead to serious injuries.
When the staff does not clean properly, slip and falls can occur, especially with older residents who require assistance to walk. These signs and more all point to subtle nursing home negligence.