When someone places a loved one in a nursing home, there is the expectation that the family member is in a safe environment with 24/7 care. Unfortunately, some nursing home residents are victims of negligence, and this can result in a variety of injuries.
There are certain prevention strategies that can minimize the risk of these injuries, and family members can also play a role in identifying signs of neglect.
Common negligent injuries and prevention strategies
According to The Health Science Journal, the most common accidents and injuries that occur due to neglect in nursing homes include broken bones, bedsores, falls, concussions, infections, bed rail injuries and restraint use.
One of the best ways to prevent injuries is for staff to check on and move patients on a regular basis. To prevent infections, there should be better cleaning and disinfecting strategies in place. Better supervision can also prevent things like falls and fractures. Staff should also make sure they are assisting residents as they get out of bed or get in and out of their wheelchairs.
Common signs of negligent injuries
One way to prevent negligent injuries is to be able to identify some of the signs. According to The National Law Review, bedsores are one of the most common signs of neglect. When family members visit, they should be on the lookout for any of the following:
- Discolored or red areas of the skin that are warm to the touch
- Tender areas
- Broken skin with a shallow sore
- Pus-like drainage
Once bedsores have been there for a while, they can affect the associated muscle and even bone, which can be difficult to fully treat. Catching it early on is crucial.