It is always a challenging time in one's life when the care of a parent needs to be turned over to a nursing home. Finding the right environment and trustworthy staff that fits within budget constraints can be a difficult process. Many elderly parents will protest the action, which makes it even more difficult. We always hope we have made a sound choice. There are signs that you can look for that can indicate possible abuse or neglect on the part of the nursing home. It is important for you to know them and look for them. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, you should contact a lawyer at my firm, SedwickLaw, PC, as soon as possible.
The elderly residents of nursing homes are often incapable, or unwilling, to voice complaints. They may be afraid of repercussions or they may be suffering from conditions that make them unable to communicate about the situation. The signs of physical abuse are normally visible in the form of bruises, wounds, abrasions or bloodstains. If you observe untended wounds, sudden changes in weight, improper hygiene, torn clothing or bedding or any other indicator that all is not well, you should report them to the management and insist upon an explanation. Less obvious signs of abuse or neglect include a change in behavior, a drop in emotional responsiveness, missing personal items and odd financial transactions to name a few. If you are ever refused access to your loved one or put off and delayed in seeing them, or if the home insists upon having a staff member in the room while you are visiting, they may be trying hide something.