Nursing homes are can provide a safe and friendly environment for an elderly individual who can no longer care for themselves at home. However, this may not be the case in all nursing homes. Some nursing home staff members are responsible for injuring the patients in their care, either intentionally or negligently. Nursing home abuse can come in various forms, including physical, verbal, or sexual abuse.
It is important to know what warning signs to look for when a loved one is admitted to a nursing home. The signs are mentioned below:
- Bedsores on the elderly person’s body
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, cuts, or broken bones
- Unusual smell in the nursing home or other signs of unsanitary conditions
- Change in the pattern of behavior of the loved one
If any of these symptoms are present, the individual that has admitted the elderly person to the nursing home should immediately talk to the nursing home management and bring light to the issue so that it can be resolved. However, if the nursing home management is not able to provide assistance, a claim must be filed. A claim for such issues can be filed either with the local Department of Health or an attorney can assist a client in filing a civil claim to compensate for the elderly patient’s injuries.
After the claim has been lodged, an investigation is conducted to ensure that the issue is resolved immediately. If an issue is present, it is corrected and compensation may be provided to the elderly person that has suffered the abuse. Nursing homes are a place where elderly people can live out their lives in peace and harmony but in order to ensure that harmony, the individual responsible for the elderly person should be mindful of signs of nursing home abuse.