Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nearly 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point during their lives, and there are currently more than 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes. We entrust these facilities with the care of our elderly loved ones, but the unfortunate reality is that nursing home abuse continues to be more prevalent than we wish to believe. Nursing home abuse and neglect can involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and financial exploitation. The ability to notice early signs of abuse and neglect is extremely important. In this blog, our Tulsa nursing home abuse lawyer shares some signs to look for if you suspect that your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse.
Poor Personal Hygiene
Part of the care elders receive at nursing homes is looking after personal hygiene. Many residents at nursing homes need help with tasks such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, bathing, and brushing their hair. When a person is left to handle these tasks on their own, oftentimes they find themselves unable to perform routine personal hygiene tasks by themselves.
Neglect and abuse can also present itself in the form of malnutrition and dehydration. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, an estimated 20 percent of international nursing home residents suffer from some type of malnutrition. These issues can stem anywhere from insufficient staffing to a failure to provide individualized care.
If while visiting your loved one you notice unexplained bruises, head injuries, or any other type of injury, this is usually a sure sign that some form of neglect or abuse is taking place. Patients or residents who are not getting the care and guidance they need attempt to perform day to day tasks on their own, which can lead to fall injuries and other preventable injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 1,8000 older adults die every year from fall-related injuries and accidents.
Neglect and abuse can take a heavy toll on one’s psychological and mental health. Victims of nursing home abuse usually become very fearful of their caregivers and showcase reluctance in talking about the issues they’re facing in their current situation. As a symptom of their depression, residents may close themselves off from other family members. Other signs may include refusing to eat or take necessary medication.
At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, our dedicated attorneys and legal team has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured individuals, including those who have suffered from nursing home abuse. Our firm is proud to offer effective and compassionate legal help to clients who need it most.
To speak to a Tulsa nursing home abuse attorney, call (918) 347-6456 today!