Medical Neglect and Abuse at Nursing Homes

Nursing homes have a growing reputation for being unsuccessful and unhealthy environments for elders. Part of this is due to negligence, fraudulent practices, incompetence, and lack of training. The adverse effect on the health of the elders is terrible and if you have decided to entrust the care of your loved one to an assisted living facility, it is crucial for you to conduct thorough research on any institution you are considering.

If you suspect your elder has suffered pain or emotional abuse because of the negligent care of a nursing home attendant, it is very important for you to confirm contact law enforcement as quickly as possible to make sure that any abuse or neglect is stopped as quickly as possible.

Types of medical neglect and abuse

The professionals who work in the elder-care industry have an obligation to treat the individuals in their care with respect. Unfortunately, there are far too many individuals who fail to provide for the needs of the nursing home residents in their care. There are some warning signs by which you may be able to tell that your loved one has received abuse or neglect at the hands of those responsible for them:

  • Lack of necessary healthcare
  • Signs of malnutrition, such as rapid weight loss
  • Overdosing on medication
  • Dramatic changes in personality
  • Bruising or bedsores
  • Broken bones or sprains
  • Broken glasses or ripped garments

In your search for a nursing home, you might want to speak with  current residents, other potential residents, and discuss the accommodations with other family and friends. As people age, they  require additional care and comfort; your loved ones deserve to be in a facility that provides the best attention and care possible.