What Signs Should You Look for if You Suspect Senior Neglect?
We can’t be there to care for our beloved parents and grandparents personally, and when their care is neglected it offends us to the center of our core. Most people conduct a thorough search and do their best to choose a facility that will provide the best possible care and environment for their family member. It usually begins as you start to notice specific patterns or just have a feeling that something is wrong with the nursing home’s care. How can you be sure? What are the signs of nursing home neglect, and what should you be looking for?
Not every case of a fall in a nursing home, or the development of rashes or sores may rise to the level of “neglect”, but it certainly bears scrutiny. Many Orange County nursing homes and extended care facilities are understaffed and are not meeting the “standards of care” established by the State of California to protect our senior citizens. What are some of the clues you may notice?
Signs of neglect include, but are not limited to:
- The development of substantial wounds, bedsores, bruises, or welts
- Abnormal complexion or pale features
- Broken personal items or damage to clothing
- Torn or bloody clothing or bedding
- Evidence of dirt on your loved one, or the presence of lice or fleas
- Excessive heat or cold temperatures in their room
- Allowing a patient to wander off, or finding them in an area where they normally wouldn’t be
- Complaints from your loved one about yelling, threats or abusive treatment
Neglect leaves a senior with few options. They are often unable to manage daily tasks such as going to the bathroom, bathing or simply changing into a fresh outfit on their own. Neglect threatens not only their daily quality of life, it endangers their personal health and increases the likelihood of a more serious development or serious injury resulting from a fall.
Take Action – Contact Experienced Orange County Elder Abuse Lawyers
It is possible to hold nursing home and senior care facilities accountable for their neglect, and financially responsible for the resulting additional care, treatment, malpractice or wrongful death. My name is Rivers J. Morrell, III and I have been helping families just like yours for more than 35 years. I invite you to call me for a free and confidential consultation at (949) 305-1400 or contact us to schedule a personal appointment. We will discuss what has happened, and determine the most appropriate action to ensure that your loved one receives the care and medical attention they require.