What Can Nursing Home Neglect Look Like?

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When South Carolina residents have to leave a loved one in a nursing home, you expect the staff to treat them well. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Staff can be responsible for the abuse and neglect of residents. It is important for you to be aware of the potential signs.

Neglect can sometimes be more difficult to spot than abuse. Signs of neglect are often mistaken for the degradation typically associated with aging. For example, your loved may become thin, show signs of dehydration, or grow listless. If you notice more bedsores, this can also be a warning sign. Bedsores are common among the elderly. However, a sudden increase can indicate that they are not getting the care they need.

Additionally, keep an eye on any special needs they may have. Do they need reminders to take pills? Does their care involve bathroom help? Be sure that their medication is well-stocked and that they are not left in a soiled environment.

This neglect can also affect your loved one’s mental state. Many neglected elderly residents end up developing anxiety. They can show signs of depression. Some may withdraw from social activities. Others can show an outright dislike for the neglectful staff. Some people are more prone to agitated behavior and may become snappish or even violent. Any sudden behavioral change is worth taking a look at.

Finally, keep an eye on staff activity. A nursing home with a high turnover rate can be indicative of problems in management. Are you interested in reading more about nursing home abuse or neglect? If so, you may want to visit our web page here.

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