Mann Law Firm September 2019



Signs of Nursing Home Neglect Has Your Loved One Been Neglected?

Nursing homes often boast stellar care and glowing reviews, but they are commonly involved in lawsuits centered on patient neglect. If you suspect your loved one isn’t being properly cared for or getting the treatment they need, it’s best to take action sooner rather than later. Here are a few red flags to watch out for. Lack of Nurse Presence When confronted with the neglect of a patient, most staff members respond by complaining that they’re understaffed. While it’s no excuse for their negligence, the statistics are hard to ignore: 95% of nursing home facilities are understaffed in the United States. One contributing factor is the struggle to find qualified nurses because nursing homes are typically high-stress environments. In addition, some facilities just don’t have the funding to hire as many nurses and nursing assistants as they need. care to each patient. This negligence will inevitably result in some form of harm to your loved one. One survey found that 46% of nurses have missed changes in a patient’s condition due to their workload. With the elder population on the rise, more nursing homes are popping up every day, but that still doesn’t fix the staff issue at hand. Personal Hygiene Nurses and staff are expected to aid in a patient’s hygiene. Many residents need assistance getting dressed, brushing their teeth, clipping their nails, bathing, and more. In neglect cases, patients are left to do these things on their own and are often incapable of doing so, resulting in poor hygiene. Due to understaffing, these facilities are unable to provide a high level of personalized

Several signs indicate your loved one isn’t being cared for, including the smell of urine, dirty clothing, or noticeable body odor. At a minimum, seniors should be bathed once a week to avoid infections and skin breakdown. However, not tending to their personal care at all could lead to pneumonia, trachoma, and various skin infections. Due to their weakened immune systems, older patients tend to have a higher chance of getting sick, and this can increase with neglected hygiene. Bedsores These are the results of prolonged pressure on the skin, which can develop after 4–6 hours of consistent pressure. Bedsores are the primary sign a patient is not getting the proper care they deserve. They will start as red, sensitive areas on the heels, ankles, hips, or tailbone that inevitably turn purple. If left untreated,

the damaged skin will break open and be vulnerable to infection.

Not only does abuse have an immediate impact on your loved one’s health, but it can also lead to health complications later on. Recent studies have shown that victims of nursing home abuse have a 300% greater chance of premature death than those who get proper care. This high percentage is due to the elevated levels of stress and psychological distress the patients endure. You can’t file a suit unless you can prove that abuse has occurred. However, what you can do is document your findings as often and with as much detail as you can. If you have any further questions, I encourage you to send those to me directly at | 1 -David Mann

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