Many adult children in Kentucky choose to put their parents in a nursing home hoping that their parents will receive a greater level of attention and care. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are created equal.
Nursing home neglect is all too common throughout the country. For adult children worried about their loved ones, there are a few tale-tell signs to look out for.
The overall appearance of the nursing home
Nursing homes provide a lot of medical care as well as general living care. Unsanitary conditions in a nursing home can often lead to infections and health problems for their residents.
If a nursing home has an unsightly appearance or is downright dirty, that could be a sign that the staff is neglecting their residents as well. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a clean nursing home isn’t abusing its residents.
Sudden personality changes in your loved one
It’s not uncommon to see small changes when your loved one moves into a nursing home. However, if these personality changes are drastic, it’s important to pay attention. Ask yourself if your loved one:
- Seems more nervous than normal
- Is afraid of the nursing home staff or other residents
- Is aware of their surroundings
Many residents who are being abused will lose their cognitive function. It’s important to keep close tabs on your loved one to notice the signs.
Unexplainable illnesses or injuries
Nursing home abuse will often come in the form of staff neglecting to give residents the proper care they need. Examples include withholding medicine, refusing to help the resident get around or not helping clean up.
This can escalate to physical or verbal abuse, such as hitting or screaming at the resident. As a result, sudden illnesses, changes in personal hygiene or unexplainable bruises are a major sign that someone is being abused.
If you suspect that your loved one or someone else is being abused in their nursing home, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Most states have a reporting line to start an investigation.