Nursing home abuse or neglect can be difficult to detect. And while you may have suspicions, you may not know how to go about raising the issue with the staff. Being active and engaged is essential to safeguarding the safety and health of your loved one. If you see any common signs of abuse or neglect, it is important to ask questions and take note of the answers you receive. If you are not satisfied or if the signs of neglect continue, remove your loved one to safety and consult an experienced North Carolina lawyer.
The physically and mentally compromised state of many nursing home residents can make identifying signs of abuse very difficult. Reports from your loved one of such conduct can often be inaccurate. Moreover, bruises and other superficial injuries can often be reasonably explained.
While these types of signs should not be discounted, it is also important to avoid jumping to conclusions. Addressing them with nursing home staff as well as consulting the North Carolina Division of Health Services Regulation can help you separate the normal consequences of old age from signs of abuse and neglect.
Other more serious signs require immediate attention and inquiry. These include:
- Broken bones
- Bed sores
- Signs of malnutrition
- Poor hygiene
If these serious signs persist without adequate explanation, there is a strong chance your loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect, especially if his or her fellow residents show similar signs. In these cases, it is important to act quickly, remove your loved one to safety, consult an attorney and consider alerting North Carolina nursing home regulators.