How to Spot Abuse in Nursing Home During a Holiday Visit

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The holidays are here and that means we will be visiting with our elderly relatives and friends. If your loved one does not receive many visitors, you should perform your due diligence during your visit by looking for signs of nursing home abuse. If you find your loved one or friend has been abused, reach out to our personal injury attorneys in Louisiana. We will document the evidence, build a legal strategy and fight for compensation. Here is what you should look for when visiting a family member or friend at the nursing home during the holidays.

If your elderly relative seems dehydrated or malnourished, there might be something serious going on. Dehydration and malnutrition are especially troublesome as they make current medical conditions worse or even have the potential to cause more significant problems like anemia, broken bones, tooth decay and possibly even death. If your relative seems low on energy, skinny, light-headed, has poor dental health or bruises easily, it is cause for concern.

The Most Common Signs of Neglect

Poor Hygiene. The nursing home staff is on-hand to help patients proceed through the day, stay clean, and take care of their personal hygiene. From a strong smell of urine, body odor, or another odor, these indicate neglect by the staff. This qualifies as a form of abuse.

Issues With Eating. If your elderly relative or friend in the nursing home is unwilling to eat or has lost a lot of weight without reason, it is a sign that something is wrong. The nursing home staff might not be feeding the residents properly. Dehydration and malnutrition are especially troublesome, as they make current medical conditions worse or even have the potential to cause more significant problems like anemia, broken bones, tooth decay, and possibly even death.

Signs of Mental Health Issues. There could be some indications of other forms of abuse. Do not underestimate the potential damage that can be caused by mental abuse and neglect. If your relative who lives in a nursing home shows signs of anxiety, fear, apathy, withdrawal or alterations in personality, it is a sign that he or she has been significantly mistreated by someone at the nursing home.

Lastly, Other Causes for Concern: Dirty or torn clothing, broken glasses, genital infections, unpaid bills or financial problems. If your relative seems low on energy, skinny, light-headed, has poor dental health or bruises easily, it is a cause for concern. Do not shrug off these issues and assume they will eventually work themselves out. Do your part by performing your own investigation. If you find signs of restraint, drug overuse to keep the patient sedated, or another form of proof, don’t wait.

What to Do After Finding Signs of Abuse

If you find signs of abuse at the nursing home, reach out to our personal injury attorneys in Louisiana right away. File a report. Then, we will evaluate the case, tell you about your loved one’s legal rights and put all the options on the table. Most important of all, we can also file a suit on your loved one’s behalf and zealously pursue justice.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Louisiana on Your Side

If you suspect negligent practices of the nursing home or employee of your loved one, don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We operate on a contingency fee basis meaning there is no fee unless we win your case. 

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