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Knowing how to spot abuse or neglect in a nursing home setting

Making the decision to entrust the care of a family member to a nursing home can be a difficult process. If you have a loved one who is no longer capable of caring for his or herself, you might have searched through dozens of care facilities before locating an establishment to provide the necessary care.

After choosing a facility, you will likely wish to look after your loved one and ensure that he or she receives a certain standard of treatment. If you begin to suspect that the facility is culpable of negligence or abuse, you might be wondering how to protect him or her from unnecessary suffering.

Signs of neglect or abuse

Whether it is your parent or child, or any other member of your family, the first step to safeguarding his or her well-being is to know how to identify the signs of abuse and neglect. Some sings that may indicate the presence of improper care in a nursing home may include the following:

  • Deteriorating condition: The presence of neglect or abuse can cause a person's condition to deteriorate substantially. Keeping watch over his or her condition could help you spot any potential signs of improper treatment.
  • Poor hygiene: Patients of nursing homes are often incapable of caring for themselves, and if you notice signs of poor hygiene while visiting a family member, neglect may be a concern.
  • Unexplained injuries: The presence of new and unexplainable injuries can be an indicator of constant falls due to neglect, or even of abuse.
  • Changes in behavior: Changes in behavior such as a sudden lack of interest in activities or bouts of anxiousness or agitation can also indicate the possible presence of neglect or abuse.

The presence of neglect or abuse in a care facility is a major concern, and if a facility subjects a member of your family to such treatment, he or she may suffer serious harm in the process.

The next steps

The presence of negligence in a care facility can cause your loved one's condition to worsen over time, or create new conditions that could pose a significant threat to his or her health. While you may wish to hold the responsible party or parties accountable, the process can be exceedingly complex.

It might be in your best interest to speak with someone with intricate knowledge in New York state laws that apply to your situation. By obtaining such guidance, you could become better prepared to pursue the compensation entitled and ensure he or she receives the quality of care deserved.

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