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Warning signs of nursing home neglect

A family who has a loved one in a nursing home may not realize that their loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. After all, the family most likely vetted the home to make sure it would be right for their loved one, and the nursing home and its employees would rarely, if ever, be open about shortcomings in the medical care they are providing.

Still, there are certain warning signs a person should look for whenever visiting their elderly relative in a nursing home, as any one of these signs could suggest there is a problem with abuse or neglect in the nursing home, such that further questions are warranted.

For one, smelling bad smells or noticing that some things are dirty or unsanitary around the nursing home is not a good sign. While one might expect some of this in any nursing home just given the issues people are dealing with there, a pattern of not taking care of the environment around them may show the nursing home staff is also not caring for their patients.

Another thing to look for is whether the patient has been given proper hygiene care. In other words, is the person's hair properly brushed and are their teeth cleaned and cared for? If someone is missing a basic element of personal care, it could be a sign that the nursing home is not providing good medical care either.

Other signs to watch for are any signs of malnutrition. An unexplained decrease in the ability to walk or get around is also a sign of abuse or neglect, as are signs of injuries which are not documented and explained. Finally, a family should be on guard if the patient emotionally just seems sad or afraid of something, as poor mental health could be result of abuse.

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