Nursing home neglect is not always as obvious as abuse. Whereas the latter often leaves visible signs, neglect can prove much more insidious. If you suspect a loved one is dealing with neglect in his or her nursing home, it is important to take swift action. Failure to intervene may result in serious or even fatal harm to your loved one.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
One of the clearest signs of nursing home neglect is residents being left alone. This may occur in their rooms, in hallways, by windows, or anywhere else they can be put “out of the way” by staff. If upon visiting your loved one you find he or she is almost always alone, it is entirely possible they are being neglected. Additional signs to look for include:
- Unusually low levels of energy
- Sudden loss of weight
- Strange behavior (indicating improper medication administration)
- Untidy or unsanitary conditions
If your loved one is lucid, listening to them is the best way to learn about what they are experiencing. Pay attention also to how staff and management interact with your loved one while you are there. Do they know his or her name? Are they kind and thoughtful? Do they exhibit signs of familiarity with needs and idiosyncrasies? All of these things can provide insight into your loved one’s daily life.
What to Do if You Suspect Neglect
If you suspect a loved one is being neglected, it is important that you act swiftly. Nursing home neglect can be a slow, unpleasant, and lonely fate. Taking action to protect your loved one can help ensure they spend their remaining days in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment.
The nursing home neglect lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have the experience and resources necessary to investigate these claims and identify all signs of neglect. We are prepared to get to work on your case right away and to start protecting your loved one against further mistreatment.
To report suspected nursing home neglect to one of our attorneys, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 and schedule a free case review today. We maintain two office locations in Atlanta. We serve all surrounding Georgia communities.