When your loved one requires care outside the home, you trust the staff at the Nursing Home, Extended Care Facility, Daycare, or Mental Health Facility to keep him/her safe and properly cared for. When that trust is broken, you need a legal team on your side.
When a loved one experiences neglect or abuse, they can be hurt or experience irreversible deterioration in their health. Legally, nursing homes and other facilities have an obligation to take proper care of the people in their care. Neglect or abuse in a care facility can not be tolerated. State requirements spell out specific standards for care in these facilities requiring resident being kept and clean and healthy as possible.
Nursing homes, long-term care, mental health treatment, and daycare facilities are entrusted with the care of your loved ones. When something goes wrong, you need someone you can trust.
If you think that your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse at a West Virginia care facility, contact Tammy Bowles Raines.
Signs of Neglect
No matter their age, your loved one can suffer harm caused by neglect in variety of ways related to their basic needs, personal hygiene and emotional needs. Some signs your family member could be neglected:
- A resident is not routinely or properly bathed, increasing the risk of urinary infections and other medical issues.
- A resident is repeatedly found in dirty clothing or bedding.
- A patient with limited mobility develops bed sores.
- A resident suffers from dehydration or malnutrition.
- A resident shows signs of missing medication doses or other medical attention.
- A resident suffers from depression and anxiety from a lack of companionship or interaction.
While these signs do not always mean neglect is occurring, they are common signs and should be investigated.
Signs of Abuse
Abuse at the hands nursing home or other staff can lead to a variety of health problems including death. Here are some signs to indicate there could be a problem.
- Your loved one (young or old) has a sudden change in behavior or personalty. While this can also be a sign of age-related diseases in older people, it can also indicate abuse. If you loved one isn’t acting normal, some additional investigation is recommended. This is particularly important when dealing with a young child.
- Your loved one shows signs of malnutrition or dehydration (often repeatedly). If you notice signs including extreme weight loss, constant dry mouth, reduced urination, weakness, or dry, cracked lips, it could indicate a problem with the care they are receiving.
- If your child is unusually hungry or thirsty when arriving home, or is repeatedly in dirty clothes or diapers, there could be an issue with his/her care provider.
- Your loved one is routinely found in dirty clothes and/or bedding, or a long time between baths or showers. Also, notice dirty bathrooms, eating areas or living areas. These can also result in illnesses among residents.
- If you notice sores on your loved one, it could be caused by a lack of attention by staff.
While these signs to not always mean abuse is occurring, you might want to investigate further to ensure your loved one’s safety.