Worried Your Loved One is Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Elderly relatives often rely on their family members to watch out for them if they are unable to communicate effectively or speak up for themselves. When nursing homes, which are generally for-profit corporations, have an overworked and undertrained staff, neglect or abuse may occur. In this video, Washington DC elderly abuse lawyer Kelly Fisher reviews a few things that families should watch for if they believe their loved one is being treated poorly in a facility. If you need to speak to a lawyer about a possible case of nursing home abuse, fill out our contact form on our website at www.koonz.com.
Neglect can be very hard to find, and if you have somebody that you know who is in a nursing home, I recommend that you do visit that person frequently to get an idea of what kind of care they’re receiving. Some signs of neglect, bedsores. Sometimes bedsores are unavoidable, but a lot of times they’re not, and if you see a loved one who’s developing quite a few bedsores that should be a red flag and something that you should at least have looked at by an attorney. If you see people who are losing weight, again it may be just because of illness that somebody’s losing weight but it could also be that they’re not getting properly nourished. I would always ask the nursing home what medications your loved one is on. I have seen instances where a loved one had diabetes or in another case was bipolar and actually wasn’t receiving, in that case he wasn’t receiving antidepressants and in the diabetic case, she actually wasn’t receiving regular insulin shots. So it’s very important for you to be engaged with the nursing home and unfortunately though, even sometimes when you are engaged with the nursing home, sometimes they still don’t provide the care that your loved one needs. For more information go to Koonz.com, you can either call us or you can fill out the form on the website.