Hoping for an Elder-Abuse-Free New Year
This has been a busy and fast-paced year and it’s hard to believe that 2017 is already here. With the New Year, many people have made resolutions about how they will do better over the next 12 months. Protecting the most vulnerable among us is an excellent goal to pursue, and to that end we’d like to promote the idea of making 2017 an elder- abuse-free New Year.
You can do your part by keeping an eye out for potential signs of abuse whenever you visit a nursing home for evaluation.
What to Look for in a Nursing Home to Prevent Abuse
Keep on the lookout for signs of abuse each time you enter a new nursing home. If you see any of these warning signs, it would be best to not waste any time there and instead leave to check out some competitors.
Do the facilities look well-maintained? Or, are there signs of neglect, such as peeling or chipped paint, damaged furniture, a leaky roof, burnt-out lights or blocked emergency exits?
Poor Interactions Between Staff and Patients
Is the staff friendly and caring when interacting with patients? If you see an employee snapping or yelling at a senior citizen or using inappropriate language, this is a major warning sign that more serious abuse might be taking place there too.
Evidence of Malnourishment
If patients look frail and underfed, are weak or disoriented, the staff may not be providing them with adequate nutrition. Check the meal calendar, look at food on plates being served and see what comes out of the kitchen during a typical breakfast, lunch or dinner during your visit.
Residents Seem Unhappy
If residents have gloomy faces or otherwise seem sad and unhappy, this
is a sign of potential abuse as well. The staff should be friendly and
motivated to keep each resident in good spirits. If employees aren’t
treating residents nicely, this is a form of emotional abuse that must
be reported and dealt with, especially since physical abuse may be going
on as well.
During the course of your visits to various nursing homes, if you believe that you have detected any signs of abuse, it’s important to speak out as soon as possible. At the law firm of Garcia & Artigliere, we stand up for the rights of the abused and we welcome you to contact us if you have any concerns. For a free review of your case and to set up a private meeting with a compassionate and caring nursing home abuse attorney, please contact us today at (800) 328-2630.