When a Birmingham area resident has to make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility it can be very hard on everyone. Most people will require some additional help when they get older and nursing homes and assisted living facilities offer these services.
Thankfully, most of the time these facilities are safe and treat their residents well. Sadly, though, sometimes there are cases of nursing home abuse. Knowing how to spot nursing home abuse is an important skill for families.
Concerning signs of abuse to watch for
No one wants their elderly loved one to be the victim of abuse. But recognizing the signs of abuse can help a family know if there are problems. Here are some warning signs to watch for:
- The elderly person becomes agitated, withdrawn or non-commutative, especially around nursing home staff
- There are unexplained injuries such as cuts, bruises, broken bones or welts in different stages of healing
- The loved one has rapid weight loss, weight gain or symptoms of malnutrition
- The resident may have dental problems, bruise easily, mouth sores, or other related issue
- The loved one may exhibit sudden behavior changes such as not wanting to be touched, rocking, or biting
- They may have frequent illnesses that are not reported by the facility to their loved ones
If a person believes that their loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse they may want to speak with an attorney. An attorney understands that a nursing home must comply with federal regulations as well as standards of care. Residents of nursing homes have the right to be free from verbal, physical, sexual, and mental abuse. An attorney can investigate claims of abuse and help bring justice to the victims and their families.