Making the right nursing home decision can be difficult. Nursing home information is available for a wide array of subjects including: How do you choose a nursing home? What laws govern the nursing home industry? What are the rights of elderly nursing home residents? How do you make sure that elderly residents are receiving the best possible care? What are the signs of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect? What type of injuries can result from nursing home negligence or abuse? When may you, or your loved one, need assistance from a personal injury attorney ?
Nursing homes have become big business. America is aging and more and more elderly people are residents of nursing homes. To increase their profits, some companies cut staff or other programs for elderly residents.
Despite state and federal regulations such as the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing homes do not always provide the standard of care mandated by law. As a result, elderly residents find themselves the victims of abuse and/or neglect.
Examples of nursing home negligence
- Failure to provide food or water and failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene
- Failure to provide safe, clean, and decent living conditions
- Failure to provide appropriate supervision and assistive devices to prevent falls or other accidents
- Failure to provide adequate medical care and acquire and dispense proper medications, as well as failure to ensure that residents are free from serious medication errors
- Failure to prevent a resident from developing pressure sores; or, if a resident already has pressure sores, failure to provide proper treatment to promote healing
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
- Bedsores or pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers
- Feces, urine, or body odor
- Unkempt appearance, such as long nails, and dirty hair
- Bruises, contusions, or lesions
- Weight loss, which may be indicative of malnutrition and/or dehydration .
- Disorientation or confusion
- Fear or anxiety
- Unexplained mood changes and unexplained refusal or ability to communicate
- Presence of unjustified restraints – physical or chemical.
Often, neglect and abuse by a nursing home can result in injuries to the elderly residents.