What are some of the most common signs of nursing home neglect?

Data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that nearly 1.5 million American adults age 65 or older reside in nursing homes. This number is expected to continue to rise to as high as 3 million by 2030.

With that prospect not all that far out in the distance, it's important that the loved ones of those who'll be living in this type setting become educated as to signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

One of perhaps the most common types and potentially fatal types of abuse or neglect that occur in nursing homes is either improperly medicating or overmedicating residents.

Poor patient-staff ratios, a lack in communication between caregivers during shift changes, and improper review of records are just some of the reasons nursing home staff may make mistakes. Staff members being poorly paid, educated or trained may make them less likely to pay attention to the finer details, causing them to administer the wrong drug or to oversupply the correct medication to the patient.

Another common type of abuse nursing home residents face is bedsores. Staff at these facilities are often small and pay is meager. If unmotivated or overworked staff members don't take time to re-shift patients in their beds or chairs to prevent pressure sores, then these can develop.

If you notice a warm spot with a different texture on your loved one's skin, especially along their ankles, tailbone, heel or hip, it may be a sign of that h or she has been left sitting in the same place for far too long.

Another common sign of nursing home abuse or neglect is your loved one falling. The CDC notes that at least 75 percent of all nursing home residents fall each year. These falls result in 1,800 annual resident deaths.

While older individuals may often fall as their muscles weaken, falling at a nursing home may be a sign of negligence on either the staff or facility's part. It may be a sign that your loved one didn't receive the support they needed to get around. It may also point to something like there having been a spill that wasn't cleaned up on the floor.

If you suspect that your loved one hasn't been properly cared for, then a Tucson nursing home abuse and neglect attorney can advise you of your right to recover damages in your loved one's case.

Source: FindLaw, "3 common nursing home injuries," Le Trinh, accessed Jan. 26, 2018

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