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5 red flags suggest nursing home abuse

When you help a loved one transition to assisted living in a West Virginia facility, it’s understandable that you might worry about his or her safety and well-being. Like most families, you probably spent a lot of time learning about the assisted living residences in your area before choosing the one that best fits your loved one’s needs. Since you can’t be present 24/7, you expect staff members to provide quality care in adherence to state laws and accepted safety standards. Nursing home abuse should never occur.

Sadly, many patients have suffered injuries (or worse) from nursing home abuse throughout the state. Many people wonder if they missed something — a sign or symptom, etc., that may have helped them prevent their loved one’s injuries. While incidents may occur regardless of how diligent you are, it’s still always best to closely monitor conditions and staff members’ behavior and to take swift action if you notice signs of abuse.

These symptoms are indicative of nursing home abuse

At least one out of every 10 elders aged 60 or older have suffered abuse in the United States. The following list includes issues you might notice or that your loved one may inform you about if nursing home abuse has taken place:

  • Medication or dosage changes without informing you
  • Loved one has unkempt appearance
  • Soiled linens or dirty conditions in the room or other areas of the facility
  • Constant hunger or thirst, malnutrition, rapid loss of weight
  • Emotional or behavioral changes, such as loved one who is normally social becoming isolated

Another clear sign of possible nursing home abuse is unexplained injuries. Bed sores, for example, suggest neglect. If your loved one has bruises or a laceration or broken bone, etc., make sure you seek an explanation and are satisfied with the one you get. If not, do not hesitate to launch a full investigation.

Local law enforcement and others can help

If you suspect that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you do not have to handle the situation on your own. You can reach out for support from the patient advocacy department. You can also request support from local law enforcement agencies or legal representatives.

If your loved one wants to file an injury claim, he or she must be prepared to demonstrate evidence that negligence or abuse occurred. If a tragedy has occurred, and your loved one has died, state law allows an immediate family member to seek restitution in court.

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