In a perfect world, elderly nursing home residents would be treated with respect and compassion at all times. Unfortunately, some nursing home employees neglect or outright abuse vulnerable residents. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, you need to watch carefully for signs of abuse or neglect.
- Visit your loved one regularly. Regular visits make it easier to determine if something is off about your loved one’s care.
- Watch for signs of physical abuse: bruises, cuts, scrapes, bite marks and other injuries.
- Look out for signs of neglect, such as poor personal hygiene, unexplained weight loss and pressure sores on the skin.
- Vary the days and times when you visit the nursing home. Keeping an unpredictable visitation schedule may keep abusive or neglectful staff members away from your loved one.
- Check prescription medication bottles to ensure they are being used properly. If there are too many or too few pills in a bottle, it could indicate that a staff member is not administering medications per the prescription instructions.
- Look at checkbook registers and financial statements regularly to identify signs of financial abuse. Question any unusual account activity such as large withdrawals or excessive purchases.
- Build relationships with nursing home staff members so you have a network of supportive professionals you can turn to if you suspect abuse or neglect.
Louisville nursing home abuse attorney Tad Thomas is an active member of The Kentucky Justice Association, which was established in 1954 to advocate for victims and consumers. Thomas also serves on the Board of Governors and is committed to seeking justice for clients who suffered injuries at the hands of others.