The New York State Department of Health has established that all nursing home residents are entitled to comfortable living conditions and respectful, quality care. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is nevertheless a reality that many residents and their family members must face. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, be aware of these three common signs of neglect.
Unexplained Injuries or Health Problems
Unexplained resident injuries and health problems are often some of the most obvious signs that a nursing home has been neglectful. These signs may be minor, including small bruises, cuts, and abrasions, or major, including broken bones, untreated bedsores, head injuries, dehydration, serious illnesses, and rapid changes in weight. While these signs may sometimes indicate outright abuse, they are more often evidence that nursing home staff members have been negligent and have fostered an unsafe living environment.