The signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is very difficult. It doesn't mean there is less love for the family member, it just means you cannot offer the same level of comfort, care and attention that the staff at a home can offer. What can make the situation worse for a family is when their loved one is abused or neglected. Here are the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse.

When a loved one has unexplained cuts, bruises or bed sores on one' body, this is a big sign of nursing home abuse. These signs of abuse mean that the patient has been left in their unchanged bed for quite some time. It could also mean that the patient was hit or shoved to the ground by a staff member.

A common sign of nursing home neglect in Tennessee is leaving patients in their rooms by themselves for extended periods. This occurs when staff members do not let the patient take part in group activities, socialize with other residents or even speak to a doctor.

When a nursing home resident is reluctant to speak in front of a staff member, this can be a big warning sign of abuse or neglect. This might mean that the resident is scared of the staff member or is worried about what they might say in front of them, even to family and friends, that could get them in trouble down the road.

When a nursing home fails to provide care for existing medical problems, this can be viewed as neglect. A resident of a nursing home is there specifically because they have some sort of medical issue that needs attention. To purposely fail to provide care for that issue is abuse.

Malnutrition is one of the most common signs of nursing home neglect. This shows that the resident has not been given the proper amount of food and water their body needs.

Learn more about nursing home neglect in Knoxville, Tennessee, and how you can protect your loved ones.

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