You place your mother in a nursing home under the impression that she'd be cared for at all times. Now, you discover that she is ill and continues to suffer from injuries. That's unusual, especially because she was doing fine before. With the additional care, you expect that she lives a healthier life, not one fraught with injuries.
Nursing home negligence could be a cause of your mother's plight. When nursing staff members don't take the time to get to know patients, treat them unfairly or neglect their duties, the patients at the nursing home suffer.
Every situation is different, and abuse ranges from verbal to financial or physical. Here are three signs of nursing home abuse you should be on the lookout for.
1. She went into the home with good hygiene and now suffers from poor hygiene
One of the first things to look for after you place your mother in a nursing facility is her cleanliness. It's up to the staff to help the elderly bath or to encourage them to do so themselves at least several times a week. If you find that your mother is covered in filth, has greasy, unkempt hair or other signs of neglect, it's time to have a word with the staff and nursing home director.
2. She is losing mobility despite good fitness before entering the home
One problem that might arise is finding that your mother is losing her mobility. Some nursing homes are restrictive, making it harder for patients to go outside or to enjoy activities. Injuries also hurt mobility. Has your mother fallen a lot recently? This could be a sign that the nursing staff isn't giving her the attention she needs.
3. She struggles to communicate or has psychological concerns
Any patient who asks for help or has fearful conversations about staff members needs help. Listen to your mother. Is she scared of a nursing staff member because that person yells or screams at her? Does someone abuse her or ignore her? Consider her concerns, and talk to the nursing home director. If the problem isn't quickly resolved, your attorney can help you make arrangements for a lawsuit.
Your mother doesn't need to suffer at the hands of those inexperienced or unable to care for the elderly. These are only a few signs of abuse. If you notice unusual bruising or behaviors, it's time to look into legal help.