If you have a loved one who is living in a nursing home, it is vital that you keep a sharp eye out for any signs of neglect. Signs of nursing home neglect may be subtle at first and difficult to detect, so Pennsylvania families will want to be as diligent as they can at regularly visiting their relatives in nursing homes to ensure that they are well taken care of and are in good health. During those visits, there are several important things to watch out for that may constitute neglect.
First and foremost, families should listen carefully to everything their loved one says about the nature of the care he or she is receiving at the nursing home. It could be natural for a person at a nursing home to complain about nursing staff simply because they are spending time with these nurses, doctors and assists every single day of the week. However, it is vital to look deeper into any complaint that seems out of the ordinary for your loved one's personality. For example, listen for complaints about not getting fed, not getting bathed or not getting medication on time. These could be signs that your loved one is being neglected.
Other signs of neglect may be visible, such as physical symptoms. Pressure ulcers, bed sores, bruises and complaints about pain could be evidence of neglect. Also, any sharp shifts in personality and mental capacity could be signs of medication errors or other problems.
At Robert Peirce & Associates, we have pursued all manner of cases involving nursing home neglect in Pennsylvania. If you suspect your relative is being mistreated, we can help you pinpoint the problem area and put a stop to any neglect. Some victims of nursing home neglect may also have strong claims for financial restitution in court relating to the economic costs and other financial damages associated with their injuries.