What Are The Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse?

Whenever a family places a loved one in the care of a nursing home, they should proactively familiarize themselves with common signs of neglect and abuse. All too often elderly residents fail to communicate the mistreatment that they face on an on-going basis, and abuse continues unaddressed. As a family member, protect their health by regularly visiting the facility and recognizing changes in personality or appearance that could indicate maltreatment. If you notice signs of neglect or abuse, Allegra-Law, LLC, can provide the dedicated legal counsel and trial experience your family requires.

Common Indicators Of Abuse And Neglect

Mistreatment can manifest differently in each situation. While the following signs of maltreatment detail some of the most common signs of abuse and neglect, the list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Bed sores
  • Broken bones
  • Changes in personality
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inexplicable bruising or wounds
  • Poor hygiene
  • Regular falls
  • Reluctance to speak
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Weight loss

Exhibiting one or more of these signs could indicate potential mistreatment. Speak with your family member as well as a lawyer about the situation to establish proper next steps.

Methods To Proactively Prevent Abuse

While impossible to remove all possibility of nursing home abuse or neglect, New Mexico families can take some actions to protect their loved ones. Frequently visit the nursing home to check on the resident's health to identify changes in personality or health. If you are unable to visit the facility in person, phone calls are recommended. Avoid visiting or calling on a regular schedule. Nursing homes are less likely to mistreat residents that receive a number of unscheduled visits.

Contact Us For Caring Legal Counsel

If you recognize signs of neglect or abuse in your loved one, contact Allegra-Law, LLC, for legal protection. You may call 505-340-3545 to schedule a free consultation with our caring attorney, or contact our Albuquerque offices online.