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Notice Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs? Here’s How to Report It

Are you noticing signs of nursing home abuse? If so, it’s important to report them. Elderly people can be subjected to several different kinds of abuse in these facilities and the results can be devastating. In this blog post, we will show you how to recognize warning signs and what steps you should take if they are found.

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Reporting The Abuse

If you suspect that a loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, your first instinct might be to call an attorney. While this makes sense from a legal standpoint, it may not always be the wisest course of action because attorneys are not required by law to report abuse and neglect or file for a personal injury lawsuit if they discover it during their client’s case. You should only contact an attorney if your loved one has been seriously injured as a result of mistreatment or negligent care. In cases where no injury occurred but there was sufficient evidence to indicate potential harm could occur in the future, many states have mechanisms in place for reporting these concerns directly to state agencies responsible for licensing health care facilities and investigating complaints against them.

Look Out For Signs Of Neglect

The elderly are often at a greater risk for neglect. Because they can’t take care of themselves, there is the chance that others will not provide them with adequate food and water or clean their homes adequately. If you discover indications of neglect, such as filth, germs, or mold developing in their house, or if they smell like urine because they aren’t allowed access to restrooms and can no longer control when they need to use them (or don’t want to),.

Other signs are if their skin might appear yellowish from jaundice due to malnutrition, dehydration, or illness. Another sign that someone isn’t getting enough food is complaints about always being hungry despite eating regularly. It’s easier for caregivers who don’t care much about their charges to not give them much food or make sure they are fed, especially if it’s difficult for the elderly person to communicate. A health care provider might find other signs such as anemia (not having enough red blood cells), edema (swelling) in extremities, heart failure, or reluctance to eat due to difficulty chewing and swallowing. Also, look out for changes in appearance like swelling around the eyes from fluid retention associated with liver disease/failure which is common among those who don’t receive proper nutrition! Another indicator could be jaundice caused by hepatitis which results in a lack of appetite and dry skin.

Collect Evidence

The more evidence you have of neglect and how it is affecting your loved one, the easier it will be to win a lawsuit. For example, take pictures or videos of their living conditions when they were healthy and compare them to now with recent videos/pictures following their decline in health.

It’s also helpful if you can document evidence such as weighing before bed each night for weeks or months then keeping track on a chart so that you know what the weight should be at particular times during the day compared to where it was previously while staying in this nursing home care facility. You could even use old photos from prior years perhaps showing family members together, your loved one looking happy and healthy rather than frail and sickly! Keeping detailed records in a journal of what you see when visiting is very helpful in this case.

Talk To Other Residents

Ask other residents or family members of those who live at the nursing home facility if they have observed neglect. If so, ask them for their documentation to help strengthen your case! If you suspect this is happening to someone else but don’t want them to know that you are snooping on them, act like it’s just casual conversation and not an investigation into possible elder abuse by speaking with others about how nice (or bad) the food might be here compared to another location where some friends may go instead.

If you find out that other people have seen neglect, ask if they would be willing to write a statement about what they’ve witnessed. It will help your case but also protect others who might not speak up for fear of being sued or thrown in jail so this is an opportunity to look out for the greater good by bravely reporting elder abuse at a nursing home facility rather than allowing someone else to suffer without seeking justice on their behalf!

Talk To The Staff

Remember that employees at a nursing home facility are required by law to report abuse, so you can let them know what is going on and they will handle the rest. If you notice abuse, report it to the staff of the facility.

Also, try reporting it to your local authorities or call the police if needed. If you don’t trust who you report something to or think they won’t do anything about it; try getting help from an advocate for elderly people in your area. They will be able to tell you what legal actions can be taken against any abusers found guilty of neglecting the elders at their care facilities. And if your loved one tells you anything about how they feel or give any indication of neglect such as verbal complaints like “I’m hungry” then ask them questions about whether this might be true and document it in writing to turn over with all other evidence for use during the investigation. If their speech isn’t clear enough for others around them to understand, ask family members who live nearby so that they can come help translate since no resident should ever feel uncomfortable asking for assistance when necessary!

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem. If you suspect any type of neglect or elder mistreatment, it’s important to take action and report this information. You can do so by calling the state hotline number above for your area. Use these tips on how to spot warning signs to help yourself and others learn more about what negligence looks like within nursing homes.

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