Do you have a loved one living in one of California’s 1,200 registered nursing homes? While many entrust the care of elderly family members to qualified professionals, nursing home neglect is an unfortunate reality for others. This is especially true in nursing care facilities that are always looking to cut costs.
Unfortunately, many cases of nursing home neglected go unreported and altogether undetected. For this post, we want to spend time going over telltale signs that might hint at potential nursing home neglect. Be on the lookout for these signs as you visit loved ones who are under the care of these facilities.
Nursing home attendants need to check in on and regularly move elderly patients, especially those who are no longer as mobile as they used to be. When a patient sits or lays in the same position for an extended period of time, he/she can begin to get bedsores. As bedsores are easy to prevent, this can often be a sign of neglect and suggests that nursing home staff are neglecting their duties.
Unexplained Bruises or Injuries
Qualified nursing homes should be able to avoid most, if not all, types of preventable injuries. While bruises or cuts happen from time to time, these should always be easily explained. Any mysterious wounds or bruises that the staff is unable to properly explain should be a red flag.
Depression, Anxiety, or Other Sudden Mood Changes
Is your loved one suddenly depressed, anxious, or showing signs of fear? A healthy individual doesn’t go through dramatic mood changes for no reason, and any changes in a patient’s demeanor could be a sign that he/she is being victimized or neglected by nursing care staff.
Talk to a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in CA
We hope this post provides you with a few tools to help you spot nursing home abuse and helps you ensure that your elderly loved one is adequately provided for. If you suspect that someone is suffering at the hands of nursing home staff, either intentionally or unintentionally, know that we at Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis are here to help.
Learn more about how our personal injury attorneys help clients fight back against nursing home abuse and neglect in CA. You can reach us at (209) 528-0404 to schedule a free initial consultation.