Identifying Signs of Nursing Home Malpractice

It’s been almost three months since your brothers convinced you to check your mother out of MedStar and place her in a nursing home, and ever since, you’ve been wracked with guilt. When you go to see her, it’s as though a light inside her has been switched off. You’ve noticed that she barely speaks when you talk to her, and whenever you get too close to her, she flinches.

Could her actions be a sign of something more than just becoming accustomed to her new surroundings? Could the home actually be hurting her?

Signs That Your Loved One May Be Suffering From Nursing Home Abuse

It’s an unfortunate reality that health institutions, although they provide care, are ultimately commercial businesses determined to make money. This desire to make a profit can sometimes lead to understaffing, poor background checks, malnourishment, neglect, and lack of proper medical care. Sadly, the most common place for this negligence is within nursing homes.

According to the National Center of Elder Abuse, one in every 14 elderly patients in nursing homes is abused. This is why it is imperative that you thoroughly investigate nursing homes and their staff before you allow them to care for your loved ones. In order to fully protect them, you must also be wary of any signs of abuse after their admittance.

Depending on the form of abuse (physical, psychological, emotional, and many others), identifying damage may be harder than you may realize. Some indicating factors to watch out for are as follows:

  • Attitude changes. If your loved one becomes more reserved, overly affectionate, craving attention, or morose, she may be suffering from neglect or physical abuse.
  • Wounds. Scrapes, cuts, bruises, pressure sores, or skin discolorations can be easily identifiable signs of potential abuse and neglect.
  • A turn for the worse. Rapidly worsening illnesses or repetitive sickness may be an indication that care and hygiene are not properly being kept up.
  • Sudden or unexpected financial or health decisions: Caregivers have been known to try to coerce, force, or confuse patients into giving up financial information or changing wills. Sudden or unexplainable decisions could be a result of coercion and abuse.

Placing a loved one in the care of another can be an extremely emotional and worrisome act. You hope that by putting her in a nursing facility, she will receive the comprehensive care that you are unable to provide. Unfortunately, all D.C. nursing homes are not created equal. Many of them will prey on your guilt in order to extract large amounts of money, but then neglect to provide adequate care when needed. This is why it is extremely important not only to diligently research facilities before you allow them to care for your loved ones, but also to stay alert for any signs of abuse, neglect, or injuries afterward.

If you, a family member, or a loved one has recently shown signs of abuse as a result of nursing home care, contact us immediately. Not only will we help get you the justice and compensation you deserve, but we will also give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ll help prevent this type of abuse from hurting others. Call today for a free consultation and review of your case, and help us decrease nursing home abuse.

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