Recognizing the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Nursing Home Injuries |

Understaffed nursing homes often contribute to residents facing neglect and becoming isolated. Human Rights Watch reported that common symptoms of neglect include dehydration and weight loss. Relatives visiting loved ones could prevent serious issues from developing by remaining aware of the signs of neglect.

Undernourished patients requiring aortic valve replacements may develop complications, according to The American Heart Association. The AHA also noted that malnutrition places up to 40% of patients at risk of dying or becoming disabled within one year after their cardiac procedures.

Neglect and isolation may lead to emotional problems

Patients left unattended for an extended length of time may begin developing emotional or mental health issues. Healthline Media reports that symptoms of isolation include nursing home residents asking permission to engage in normal and routine activities.

Residents experiencing isolation may also apologize excessively. Facility employees who emotionally abuse their patients may yell at them or try to control them. Emotionally harmed residents may appear agitated, depressed or afraid when relatives visit them.

Isolation increases the risk of dementia

Patients left alone face greater risks of developing dementia, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Socially isolated patients may experience higher rates of depression and surrender to premature death. Inactivity or malnutrition may lead to serious issues that healthcare staff could have prevented.

The National Council on Aging reports that older adults experiencing abuse face a 300% greater chance of death compared to well-treated patients. Finding loved ones in poor physical or mental health may point to a care facility’s staffing or administrative issues. Concerned families may file legal actions to hold healthcare facilities accountable for placing their residents at risk of preventable injuries or death. If you suspect a loved one has been injured or neglected in a nursing home, reach out to Shelly Law Offices.