Each individual that lives in a nursing home has a story. While the large majority of nursing homes provide a safe environment for the elderly individuals living in the nursing home, there are unfortunately some nursing homes that neglect their residents. If you or someone you know is concerned about the experience that your loved one is having in a particular nursing home, it’s important to have our team at Atkinson Law on your side. We specialize in elder neglect and nursing home negligence. Today, we’d like to share 3 signs of nursing home neglect that you should keep your eyes out for.
Whether it is physical or emotional, abuse is a common problem that occurs within nursing homes. Far too often, our team at Atkinson Law has found an elderly person struggling from a physical altercation. Other physical abuse to look for includes hitting, shoving or the use of drugs or restraints when they are not necessary. As far as emotional abuse goes, intimidation, cursing, yelling, threatening, etc., are many forms of emotional abuse within a nursing home.
If you have a loved one tell you about an injury that occurred when no help was around their room, it should definitely be addressed with the nursing home’s administrative team. Proper supervision is something that should be practiced at all times within a nursing home. Unfortunately, injuries often occur when they are being neglected. Pressure sores and even urinary tract infections are other common issues that occur because of nursing home neglect.
Another way that Atkinson Law sees elderly neglected within a nursing home is with their nutrition. There are many nursing home facilities across Virginia and beyond that are understaffed. When this occurs, a lack of dietary attention can often occur. Next thing you know, the patients are struggling with poor nutrition because of this neglect.