Despite the regulations set forth to monitor nursing homes, many facilities continue to fall short of these standards. In many cases, elder care facilities fail to provide their staff with adequate training, or simply have too many residents per employee. As a result, nursing home neglect—and even abuse—occurs all too frequently.
Your elder loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect if they exhibit any of the following symptoms or behaviors:
- Bleeding, bruising, bed sores, cuts or pain
- Weight changes
- Hygiene issues such as body odor, unwashed hair or clothes, or soiled linens
- Sickness or infections
- Emotional withdrawal
- Fear of being touched or with loud noises
- Strange behaviors
- Listlessness or restlessness
If you recognize any of these signs of abuse, don’t be afraid to ask your loved one if anything is going on. Oftentimes, they are afraid to share their experiences, or fear that by telling, they might incur further abuse. This is just one reason why it is important to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to find justice for you and your loved one.
Choosing a Quality Nursing Home
One way to help prevent nursing home abuse is to look for a quality facility for your family member. In your search for the right elder care facility, it is important to look for the following characteristics:
- The building is clean and well kept.
- The residents are clean and free of odors or visible bruises or cuts.
- They are public about their state reviews and monitoring reports.
- Residents are engaged in activities with staff and the facility offers regular activities for residents.
- The rooms are kept neatly and well stocked with necessities.
- The food is nutritious and prepared safely.
- Medicines are distributed according to doctor’s orders and in a caring way.
- The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and caring.
Contact the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP
Despite the number of quality nursing homes in the United States, elder abuse and neglect can still happen. If your loved one has endured physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse while a resident at a nursing home, contact us so that we can review your case and help you reach justice.