Residents of California have a shared responsibility to look out for their elders. No form of abuse or neglect that may take place in a nursing home should be ignored. If you believe neglect is taking place, there are ways to confirm it. Certain signs and actions, both physical and mental, should be taken note of. This can help you put a stop to it.
What is nursing home neglect?
Nursing home negligence is one of the most common forms of elder abuse. It occurs when a patient placed in the care of the facility does not receive the attention they require. This type of abuse can take many forms. You may notice signs of neglect in the areas of hygiene, eating and mobility.
What are the signs to look for?
Nursing home negligence can take many forms beyond simple physical injury. These are changes that are noticeable because they are far removed from your loved one’s normal behavior. You may notice that your loved one’s room is not clean. The floors, sinks, and bathrooms may be untidy. Their bedsheets may look spotted and unwashed.
You may also notice that your elders are looking unkempt. They may be unshaven or have matted hair. Their clothes may be dirty. Their nails may be unclipped. Additionally, they may seem like no one is helping them keep themselves tidy at mealtimes.
Another sign is the failure to provide mobility assistance. Your loved one may require access to a wheelchair. If they are not given one to use, they may be stuck in one place for extended periods.
One or two of these signs together may not be enough to assume the worst. However, if many of them are present, this may be a sign that true neglect is occurring.