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How to spot the signs of nursing home abuse

People can protect their elder loved ones who are in nursing home care by ;earning to spot the signs of abuse and neglect.

Those who have loved ones living in nursing homes surely wish the best care to be afforded those who cannot take care of themselves to the fullness they were able to before. Unfortunately, this often isn't the case, as the mistreatment, neglect and abuse of elder populations is rampant within nursing homes. At the surface it is not obvious that a family member is being turned over to those who would refuse them their basic human dignity, so careful investigation should be done of any place being considered to send someone to. For those wishing to keep a careful eye on their loved ones living in nursing homes, there are some signs to be watchful for.

Common signs of neglect

Despite what image may first come to the mind when considering what abuse is, neglect is certainly one kind of abuse. The following occurrences indicate that residents are not receiving enough care:

· When residents are not given meals and fluids at appropriate times, even if due to inadequate staffing, it can lead to malnourishment and dehydration.

· If the staff is not looking to improve the facility but merely makes ends meet, it could indicate that living conditions are at a low standard.

· One way to tell that a nursing home is understaffed is if the workers do not have time to answer phone calls, and even worse, the call lights of their own residents.

· If a nursing staff member avoids answering questions, and their managers seems to deflect them, then it may mean they have something to hide.

Checking in frequently without giving prior notice is a good way to check that the staff at a nursing home is taking good care of its residents, as they will not have time to hide anything unscrupulous.

Behavioral indicators of abuse

Abuse affects the victim significantly, and he or she is likely to show changes that indicate something is not right. It should always be investigated if the family member says that they were verbally or physically abused. An abusive situation may also be the cause behind a sudden difference in behavior, such as aggression, irritability and having a shorter temper than normal. It is always good to ask how the resident is feeling and if they are satisfied with the care they are receiving.

Families in New York with older members being cared for in nursing facilities are too often subjected to the traumatic situation of neglect and abuse. Legal representation from a local attorney who practices medical malpractice law may be able to help secure financial compensation.

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