As your loved one enters a nursing home, the expectation is that he or she will receive the best care possible. In many nursing homes, this is the case. What happens if a nursing home neglects or abuses the patients? Next Avenue has some tips to spot nursing home neglect. 

When you spot neglect or abuse, it is crucial to take action as soon as possible. The following are signs that your loved one may suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of his or her caregivers. 

Nursing home caregivers are supposed to help with a resident’s personal hygiene. Often, residents need assistance with basic activities like bathing, nail clipping, teeth brushing and more. If your loved one is suffering from a lack of hygiene, this might be your first sign of neglect. In addition to poor hygiene, living conditions may not be clean. Your loved one should have clean bedding and clothing, along with sanitary living conditions. 

Physically, you may notice unexplained injuries. If you see bruises, head injuries or broken burns then this may indicate that there is abuse or neglect occurring. Some patients may fall from their beds when a caregiver does not provide them with their basic needs. Other caregivers may be rough or outright abusive to residents. 

If your loved one was previously mobile and his or her mobility deteriorated quickly, this may be due to the care he or she received. When patients wind up left in bed for long periods of time, they can lose their mobility. In addition, they may suffer from bed sores or infections.