When you leave your loved one in the care of a nursing home, you expect them to receive the highest consideration possible. Unfortunately, issues may arise in a home that results in neglect.
It is important to notice and recognize the signs of neglect on sight. This will allow you to act on behalf of your loved ones in a prompt manner, getting them the help they deserve.
Care Pathways looks at early warning signs of potential neglect in a nursing home. First, look for bed sores. These form when a victim lays in one place for too long, creating pressure on certain areas of the body like the joints or back. Pressure ulcers are easy to avoid if the staff takes proper care of all patients. If they are not visiting a patient often enough to move them, then ulcers will form, pointing to neglect.
Revolving door staff
Next, pay attention to the staff itself. Does it seem like the same people have worked there since you joined, or has the staff served as a revolving door? If people constantly leave and get hired, it might serve as a sign that staff suffers from burnout, or that they disagree with practices happening in the home.
Malnourishment and dehydration
Look for signs of malnourishment or dehydration. These serve as big red flags that your loved one is not receiving the individual care they need in even the most basic of degrees. On top of that, pay attention to staff response when you bring up your concerns. Attempts to redirect or deflect might indicate an awareness of the problems at hand, but an unwillingness or inability to fix them.