What are some signs of nursing home neglect?

| Apr 9, 2017 | Care Planning

If you have a loved one in a Colorado nursing home, you no doubt want only what’s best for this person. While many nursing homes go above and beyond in terms of the care afforded, in some cases abuse and neglect are sadly present. To this end, it’s crucial that you can identify some of the more common signs of neglect to ensure your beloved relative is being treated with kindness and compassion.

NextAvenue.org urges people with family in nursing homes to be on the lookout for a few signs indicating that care is not optimum. Injuries like bruises and lacerations without seeming explanation can point to a serious issue. Even if abuse is not a factor, nursing home staff may be simply neglecting the needs of elderly patients with mobility issues. This can easily lead to falls and other occurrences which can turn tragic without immediate intervention.

The mental state and demeanor of a nursing home resident can also indicate an issue with the overall care afforded by the staff. Anxiety and depression that wasn’t evident before can be a clear sign that neglect or abuse is taking place. Residents may also appear nervous when talking to staff, which can indicate they are suffering from serious reprisal for not following rules or obeying commands.  

Providing nutritious food is another component of a good nursing home. If your loved one is exhibiting signs of malnourishment or even dehydration, it’s imperative that you speak to the staff immediately. A lack of wholesome food can be particularly harmful to senior patients, especially those with health concerns.