A common question we are asked from people with loved ones in long-term care facilities (nursing homes) is, “What are the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect?”
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect type injuries are subtler and more difficult to see. These include insufficient food and water, insufficient bathing opportunities, failure to change the resident’s underclothes in a timely manner if using the toilet is an issue, failure to supply adequate bathing supplies such as shampoo and soap, failure to properly assist the resident who needs help bathing, eating, walking, etc., and verbal abuse.
Signs of Neglect
- Bed Sores
- Lack of personal hygiene, food, clothing, or shelter
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse
- Emotionally upset or agitated
- Withdrawn and non-communicative
- Unusual behavior
- Humiliating, insulting, threatening, or ignoring behavior towards family and friends
- Want for isolation
Your loved one may be reluctant to talk about these issues, therefore you should keep your eyes and ears open for signs of neglect. Make sure the bathroom is clean, check for odors in the bed and on your loved one’s clothing, check the condition of the hair and nails to make sure they are clean. Pay attention to how your friend or relative reacts to you, i.e.; do they seem to be depressed, does someone who used to be talkative now sit around with nothing to say, has there been an unexplained weight loss? These types of signs are not definite indications of abuse, but they should cause you investigate the situation carefully.
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