Nursing home negligence is a big issue that is a risk to many residents. In some cases, loved ones spot the signs of the neglect and are able to put an end to it before the resident suffers harm. If you have a family member or friend who resides in one of these facilities, make sure that you know the signs to watch for, and be prepared to react if you find out that something is amiss.
When you walk into the facility, do a quick check for cleanliness. If you notice that the place looks dirty or messy, there is a chance that something is wrong. There are specific standards that must be met for long term care facilities. Failing to meet those might lead to the residents becoming ill or suffering from injuries due to an accident.
Another point to review is how the resident appears. Are they wearing clothing appropriate for the time of day and the environment? Do they appear to be clean and have suitable hygiene? Do they have any unexplained bruising or other injuries? The answers to these questions can help you clue you into whether they are receiving proper care from the staff members who are supposed to help them.
Nursing home residents often have mobility issues. If you notice that they aren’t being provided with the assistance or devices to help them move about, there is a problem. One notable issue is when the resident isn’t provided needed help to get to the restroom and start to have accidents since they can’t reach the toilet.
Any substandard care should be addressed immediately. If the resident did suffer harm, seeking compensation is one option that is likely available.