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What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2021 | Personal Injury

In Texas, you have up to two years to file a claim for nursing home neglect. You should know what the signs are of nursing home neglect to catch it quickly before your loved one goes through more harm.

Unexplained injuries

Bruises, head injuries and broken bones are common forms of personal injury in nursing home neglect cases. This doesn’t necessarily mean someone is hitting them. The injuries could result from them attempting to do things on their own if their caretaker is neglecting them.

Emotional issues

A change in your loved one’s behavior and emotions indicates that the nursing home staff is neglecting or abusing them. When a caretaker neglects their patient, the patient may become afraid of them. They may feel scared to mention their needs to their caretaker because they don’t want to anger or annoy them. How a neglectful nursing home affects a resident’s emotions varies. Some people lash out at their loved ones, whereas others become withdrawn and depressed.

Unsanitary living conditions

Federal law requires nursing homes to maintain clean, sanitary living conditions for residents. When you visit your loved one, get into the habit of checking the condition of their living space, including the kitchen and bathroom. Check that they have clean clothes too.

Poor hygiene

Nursing homes are responsible for helping residents with their hygiene if they are in need of assistance. Even if a resident finds it too difficult to brush their teeth, clip their nails or comb their hair, the staff must help them.

Many people feel embarrassed when they go through nursing home neglect or abuse, so it might not be easy for you to find out. You must watch for the signs of neglect and investigate them to the best of your ability.