Nursing home patients are one of the most vulnerable segments of our population in the United States. We trust that the caregivers charged with watching over our loved ones will give them the attention the deserve. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, so family members must be vigilant and watch for warning signs of nursing home abuse.
Some of the most common red flags indicating possible physical abuse and neglect are:
- pressure sores;
- bruising; and
- broken bones.
It is equally as important for family members to know and understand the plan of care for their loved one, so they can demonstrate to the nursing staff that they are “on top of things” and will be periodically monitoring the care being rendered. If you are a loved one of a nursing home patient, some key areas to understand with regard to the specific care plan for your relative are:
- dietary restrictions to prevent choking;
- prescriptions being used and their frequency/dosage;
- visitation rights to prevent unwanted guests; and
- physical limitations to prevent unsupervised roaming on the premises.
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you should speak with legal counsel immediately to determine your/their legal rights.
*DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not legal advice, as each situation is dependent upon the facts and circumstances at hand, and any action should be taken only after consulting with an attorney.