How are physical injuries a sign of nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect, a type of abuse, is on the rise across the country despite increased demands made by federal officials that these assisted living facilities do a better job of reporting suspected cases.

Neglect in residential care facilities can take on many forms, but generally has to do with a person living there not receiving a level of care in alignment with what they need. In nursing homes, this often equates to residents not being provided with necessary assistance to move about or to consume their food. In other cases, it has to do with their basic hygiene not being taken care of.

When residents of these types of facilities aren't given adequate care, it can take a toll on both their mental and physical health.

One potential sign that your loved one may have been neglected by nursing home staff includes if he or she has unexplained injuries. While bruises may be relatively minor indicators of this, a head injury or broken bones may be a sign of particularly neglectful attendees.

The more severe the injury your loved one has, the more likely it is that it was caused by he or she attempting to get up and handle tasks on his or her own because staff was not attentive enough to ensure that he or she didn't have to.

One recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study suggests that as many as 1,800 elderly nursing home residents die annually as a result of falling at these types of facilities.

Their research also shows most individuals living in these types of facilities fall, on average, some 2.6 times per year. With that data in mind, it's clear that not all residents end up dying from their many falls, but many do become either permanently disabled or experience a decline in their quality of life as a result.

While many of these facilities can greatly reduce their residents' propensity to fall by better training staff, providing grab bars, better monitoring their prescription use and by conducting risk assessments on them, few do.

If your loved one has suffered either bruises, broken bones or other injuries indicative of substandard treatment, then a Tucson attorney can advise you of your right to sue in your case.

Source: Next Avenue, "6 signs of nursing home neglect," Sarah Blanchard, accessed May 04, 2018

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