As our loved ones get older, it may be more difficult to provide the care they need. Oftentimes, this is when people opt for a nursing home. While it’s reasonable for you to expect the nursing home to provide proper care to your loved one, this is sadly not always the case. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we are well aware of the fact that nursing home neglect and abuse happens; more than we would like to believe.
The elderly are more vulnerable and are sometimes neglected. This can happen for a number of reasons such as the facility being short staffed, improper training, or simply staff members who don’t care. Our Kansas City nursing home abuse lawyers want you to be aware of the various signs of abuse so you know what to look for and what you can do to help.
Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)
If you notice pressure ulcers (bed sores) on your loved one, this is a tell-tale sign of nursing home neglect. Bed sores are preventable with proper care. If bed sores do develop, they must be treated immediately or significant injury can result. The nursing home staff may not want family members to know about bed sore injures. These usually develop on the lower back, feet, and around the tailbone. Be sure your loved one has not developed a bed sore, and if you see a bed sore, take pictures.
An elderly person may fall if they are not helped out of bed and assisted when walking and using the toilet. This can result in broken bones and head injuries and may be considered negligence on behalf of the nursing home. Falls are more common when a nursing home does not have enough staff members to properly look after all residents.
Malnourished / Failure to Monitor
If a resident is malnourished, dehydrated, or their fluid or food intake is not monitored, this can cause serious harm. For example, if a person is taking pain medication, which can cause constipation, and the nursing home fails to carefully monitor health status, a bowel impaction can result. This can lead to serious injuries or even death.
There are many more signs that your elderly loved one may display if they have experienced neglect and abuse in a nursing home. It is crucial for you to pay close attention and make sure your loved one is well cared for and the staff is taking the proper precautions to keep the elderly safe. If they do not, you have the right to hold the nursing home financially accountable for the damages your loved one sustained. Call today and learn more about your options.