Making the decision to turn over the day to day care of your elderly or ill parent or grandparent is quite possibly one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Although you know your loved one is not fully capable of taking care of all of his or her needs, it is difficult to find a place that you can trust to treat him or her with the love and respect he or she deserves. Often, the search to find a quality nursing home can be painstaking and even then, is never done with complete certainty.
Putting a loved one in a nursing home often requires a leap of faith. That is why when you begin to suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected it can be quite traumatic. Not only are you pained at the thought of your loved one’s suffering, there is also the pain that comes from the gross abuse of the trust that you placed with that care provider.
The most important thing to remember is that if you suspect abuse or neglect you need to act immediately. Signs that your loved one is not receiving the proper care and may be the victim of abuse or neglect, include:
- He or she develops bed sores. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, develop when a person is not being moved sufficiently enough to ensure proper blood circulation. These sores are not only extremely painful, but if left untreated, can lead to a serious infection and even possibly amputation or death.
- Complaints by your loved one. The transition to a nursing home is not always easy for an ill or elderly person. If you notice that your loved one is complaining about his or her care, you need to take these complaints seriously. However, on the flip side, do not take a lack of complaints to mean that your loved one is okay. Sometimes loved ones are not able to properly vocalize their complaints or may be too frightened to speak, for fear of retaliation by nursing home staff.
- He or she appears to be dehydrated or malnourished. Elderly or ill patients are often not able to indicate to others the fact that they are thirsty or even hungry. A good care provider will have a system in place to make sure your loved one’s most basic needs are met. Symptoms of dehydration include skin infections and an altered mental state.
- Changes in staff. A common red flag of problems at a nursing facility is changes in staff. Having less staff present now than on previous visits or having a high turnover of staff, are often indicators of a potential problem. Like they saying goes, where there is smoke there is often fire. Shortages in experienced staff can lead to your loved one receiving less attention and poorer quality of care.
- Over quality of facility seems to be declining. When a facility is having problems, a visitor to the facility may start to notice small changes. Maybe the quality of food or food choices have decreased. Or there is a decrease in number or quality of activities available for residents. Even something as simple as the premises not being as clean are all signs that the facility may be cutting back.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home it is important that you contact The Handley Law Center as soon as possible. The Oklahoma Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are experienced in handling nurse home neglect and abuse cases. We will evaluate your loved one’s case to determine if any wrongdoing has occurred. Our goal at The Handley Law Center is to meet our clients’ needs in the best way possible. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of skilled injury attorneys contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our team of injury attorneys to hold the negligent parties accountable for their misconduct and obtain fair compensation for your loved ones injuries and suffering.