Common signs of nursing home abuse

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is often a very difficult decision that a family has to make. Usually, a family makes this decision because ultimately they believe their loved one will have a better life and be well taken care of. However, in some Florida nursing facilities, families learn that not only is their loved one not being taken care of properly, they are also being actively abused. Currently in the United States, there are close to 3 million people housed in various forms of nursing facilities. By far, most of these facilities do their jobs and do them well. But there are some facilities and some staff members who fail in their responsibilities.

In some instances, the care does not meet the requirement set by Federal and state laws and regulations. In these nursing homes, they could be short staffed; therefore, not all residents get the care and help that they deserve. Also, many staff people could be trying their best but they are poorly trained and make mistakes, thus harming the residents in some fashion. In order to make sure that your loved one is truly being taken care of properly, there are signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect that you should regularly check for:

  • If the resident has decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers (more commonly known as bedsores);
  • If the resident was injured in a fall and fall protection devices were not in use or were improperly used;
  • Unexplained injuries suffered by the resident;
  • Signs of dehydration, such as cracked/chapped lips, dry skin, sunken eyes and cramping of the muscles;
  • You regularly notice that the nursing home workers are overworked and/or understaffed;
  • Signs of malnutrition such as sudden weight loss, loss of muscle mass, dizziness, dry hair and skin, lack of energy;
  • Infected sores that will not heal or keep returning for an unexplained reason;
  • When a nursing home attempts to limit the access to your loved one;
  • Residents that regularly appear to be overmedicated and are always sleeping or drowsy or confused;
  • When a resident dies, unexpectedly, and there is no apparent cause of the death.

Whatever type of abuse or neglect case your loved one is facing, a nursing home abuse attorney can help you investigate the incident(s) and determine if further investigation or even a lawsuit is necessary. Contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Joyce & Reyes and we will fight for your loved one’s rights. If we find evidence of abuse or neglect, we will inform the nursing home of our findings to give them a chance to respond. Most nursing home will often agree to settle the matter out of court. However, in some instances, a civil lawsuit needs to be filed seeking monetary damages. We will handle the case from start to finish and make sure your loved one is safe. The initial consultation is free.