How to recognize nursing home abuse

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Most of us at some time in our lives need to help prepare our loved ones for nursing home or assisted living as they age and need more round-the-clock medical attention and care. Many of us during these times are faced with a very difficult choice – care for them ourselves or seek the outside assistance of a nursing home or assisted living facility when our loved ones medical needs are greater than we can provide ourselves. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities can oftentimes be a place of fun and enjoyment that provide a sense of community. We hope that when our loved ones need nursing home and assisted living facility attention, that they will find a place where they can make friends and receive great medical attention.

Regardless, there are certain standards and regulations in West Virginia that nursing home and assisted living facilities are required to follow for the care and treatment of their residents. Unfortunately, for many facilities in West Virginia, the nursing home and assisted living facilities do not follow the required standards and regulations leading to nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect.

Many clients call our firm and ask “How do you know what to look for?” The following are warning signs of abuse and neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility:

  • Bedsores
  • Seeming overly tired, sedated or heavily medicated
  • Wandering behavior where the loved one starts to wander or run away from the facility
  • Injuries from falls
  • Unsanitary rooms – dirty and soiled sheets, bed linens, toilets, showers and other items in the room
  • Malnutrition and dehydration and sudden loss in weight
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Sudden change in the person’s behavior

If you start to notice any of the above signs, it is important that you take action as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home or assisted living facility abuse and/or neglect, you have rights that will help you recover from these injuries. The skilled nursing home and assisted living facility attorneys at Preston & Salango have experience representing victims of nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect. We know nursing home and assisted living facility law and how to navigate our client’s case through the legal system to increase the chance of a full and fair recovery. Call Toll-Free 304-902-4266 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced nursing home and assisted living facility attorney at Preston & Salango to discuss your case.

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