Many of the residents of Orange County elder care facilities require help with basic tasks to keep them clean, healthy and safe. Failure to provide adequate care can have devastating physical and emotional consequences on the victim. If you have a loved one in a Tustin nursing home, it is important that you understand the many types of nursing home neglect so that you will be able to spot the potential warning signs. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is easy to overlook. The many signs of nursing home neglect can remain hidden even from the most attentive and loving family members. These can result in unfortunate harm to the resident, who will need to pursue legal action to hold the nursing home accountable. Contacting an experienced Tustin nursing home attorney will be a major step towards achieving this goal.
Failure to Provide Basic Needs
Some care facilities fail to provide the most basic needs to their residents. All care facilities must make sure that their patients receive adequate water and food, yet, many elderly residents become dehydrated and malnourished. Has your loved one lost a significant amount of weight? Have you ever visited during lunch or dinner to see if your loved one was being fed? Is your loved one always in his or her room and never in the common area or an area where the residents eat?
Many nursing home residents require assistance when taking a bath, using the restroom, changing their clothes and brushing their hair. Over time, this form of nursing home neglect will become obvious. The patient’s clothes may be dirty and he or she may appear unclean. No patient in a nursing home should appear unkempt or dirty.
It is important to choose a care facility that can provide the level of medical care and attention that your loved one needs. Not all care facilities are capable of providing adequate medical treatments to particularly at-risk patients. Even so, there is a basic level of medical attention that must be provided at all care facilities. It is crucial, for example, for nursing home staff to quickly treat cuts, infections, bedsores and other injuries that can become significantly worse over time if not properly treated. Is your loved one taking the pills as prescribed for his or her condition? Does your loved one have bedsores that are either spreading or not getting better? Does your loved one have diabetes but is clearly not getting the proper amount of insulin? Facilities that fail to provide adequate treatments put their residents at great risk of suffering a life-changing injury.
Emotional neglect is probably the most difficult form of abuse to detect. It may not manifest itself in physical ways, but your loved one may undergo changes in his or her demeanor and personality. Stressed out workers may react angrily to their residents. Eventually, these harsh interactions may result in depression. Victims of emotional neglect may begin to withdraw from social interactions when what they need most is to connect with others. An important part of a healthy lifestyle in a nursing home is communication and interaction. Sadly, individuals who are being neglected or poorly treated rarely discuss their suffering with their loved ones. Instead, they often become embarrassed, shy, agitated or uncommunicative.
Protecting Your Loved One
No amount of attention and education can help you prevent abuse or neglect at a nursing home. All we can do as loved ones is visit, ask questions and stay involved. It is also possible for us to be proactive. Doing your homework well, asking questions and visiting the facility several times to make an assessment are some of the actions you can take in order to be proactive and to ensure that your loved one goes to the right nursing home.
The skilled Tustin nursing home neglect attorneys at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP have helped nursing home abuse victims and their families obtain justice and fair compensation for the injuries and damages they have sustained. Please call us at 1-800-561-4887 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
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