How can I know if my loved one is abused or neglected in a nursing home?

Perhaps your elderly loved one spent some time in Trinity Hospital, Doctors Hospital, or University Hospital and was still too sick or frail to go back to her home, but couldn’t stay in the hospital anymore because of insurance reasons. As a solution, the doctors recommended that she spend time in nursing home. After you and your family finally decided on facility, you were hopeful she would make a full recovery.

Unfortunately, it seemed like her health and well-being went downhill after staying there for some time. Although she never said anything to you, you had a sinking suspicion that the staff wasn’t caring for her properly.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Elderly patients in nursing homes can sometimes be subjected to unimaginable abuse and neglect. Common signs of this inexcusable behavior include:

  • Bed sores
  • Depression
  • Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
  • Infection
  • Broken bones
  • Unusual or sudden changes in behavior, such as sucking, rocking, biting, or fear of being touched
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Wanting to be isolated from others
  • Occurrences of wandering or elopement
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Unexplained injuries, such as wounds, welts, or fractures
  • Personality changes: the patient is easily upset or agitated, withdrawn, or non-communicative

We Can Help You Seek Justice for Your Lost Loved One

If you believe your loved one died due to abuse or neglect, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Contact attorney Christopher J. Hudson today to learn how we have helped others in Georgia and South Carolina with their wrongful death claims, and see if we can help you, too.