Are You Seeing Signs of Elder Neglect?

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When you have left your loved one in the care of a nursing home or an elder care facility, you may think that they will finally be able to get the physical and medical care they need. Although there are many great facilities, there are also facilities that do not truly take care of their residents. This could mean that other residents or staff members are abusing your loved one or that staff members in charge of taking care of your loved one are neglecting them. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of elder abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to get legal help to protect them right away. 

Signs That Your Loved One May Be Neglected 

Sending your loved one to an elder care facility typically means you and your family members are no longer able to care for them. This may be because they have a physical disability that makes it difficult to care for them or they may be struggling with cognitive problems (like Alzheimer’s disease), which means they need more care than what you can provide. If you have left your loved one in the care of professionals and are noticing any of the below signs, it is time to get in contact with a lawyer, like a nursing home lawyer from a law firm like Brown Kiely, LLP.

  • Your loved one suddenly is unable to use the bathroom properly. While many people think this is merely a sign of aging, if your loved one was previously able to use the restroom on their own but cannot anymore, this could be a sign that they were not getting help to go to the bathroom.
  • Your loved one seems like a different person. They may seem confused, disoriented, or more tired than they used to. This could mean that they are not getting the right medication or that they are getting the wrong dosage of medication. 
  • Your loved one does not seem to have proper hygiene and frequently smells like they have not gotten a shower or bath and like they have soiled themselves. 
  • Your loved one has bedsores (a more obvious sign of neglect) or they have other injuries, like lacerations, bruises, or broken bones that the staff members have no good explanation for. 

If you notice any of the above signs, it is time to start talking with a local lawyer who can help get your loved one out of harm and into a safe place.