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Key clues may indicate nursing home neglect or abuse

Placing a relative in an assisted living facility can be an emotional experience. But one thing that can make the transition easier is if you know that your loved one is well cared for. As we have written on this blog, the elderly are vulnerable to injuries such as those caused by falls. And unfortunately, all too often the elderly are neglected or even abused while living in nursing homes.

Sometimes, the elderly cannot easily speak up for themselves when being subjected to poor treatment. They may fear retribution if they complain or in some cases, they are simply no longer capable of expressing their grievances.

But you may be able to detect if a nursing home is practicing abuse or neglect. The following are some signals that the nursing home in which your loved one resides may be engaging in dangerous or questionable practices:

  • Your relative exhibits a change in behavior or seems withdrawn.
  • Your relative has pressure ulcers or bed sores on his or her body.
  • Your relative has experienced a sudden loss of weight.
  • The facility has unsafe equipment, slippery floors, poor lighting or other environmental hazards.
  • Your relative has injuries attributed to falls.
  • Your relative exhibits a change in appearance or lack of personal hygiene.

It is almost unimaginable that those who are charged with giving care to elderly patients could be negligent or even downright abusive. And if you should find out that someone you love has suffered due to mistreatment on behalf of the staff members of a nursing home, you have options for pursuing justice.

Nursing home negligence or abuse should not be tolerated. A Montana medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you hold those who hurt your loved one accountable for their actions. Further, by bringing the situation to light, it is possible that you could help prevent the suffering of other residents in the facility's care.

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