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Abuse and neglect: Know what steps to take next

You want your loved one to receive the best possible care anytime they need assistance. This includes when they have to move into assisted living or a nursing home. They're not capable of doing everything for themselves any longer, so you expect those you pay for their care to provide it happily.

Nursing home abuse is often a shock to families because they don't see it coming. They take the time to make sure that the facility seems up to par. They go there, talk to staff members and get to know the residents. All seems well until it isn't.

What are some of the common signs or symptoms of neglect in a nursing home?

The injuries or illnesses that occur may vary by patient. Some of the signs of abuse or neglect may include:

  • Bedsores
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Overuse of antipsychotics or antidepressants
  • Repeated injuries from falls
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections (repeated)
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations

Whenever you see your loved one, you should talk about the care they're receiving. Even if everything is going well, there is always a risk that negligence or neglect could lead to an injury. Something as simple as failing to respond to a call for assistance getting to the restroom could lead to a fall and serious injuries.

Our website has more information about nursing home abuse and neglect so that you can learn about the signs and take steps to protect your loved one. If they are hurt, they deserve to receive compensation and better care moving forward. No one deserves to be a victim of abuse or neglect.

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