Residents of Worcester and nearby areas of Massachusetts may want to be aware of the signs that show their loved one is not having the best of care. Neglect in a nursing home happens when someone does not receive the care that they need.
According to published reports, residents can suffer psychological and physical suffering if not receiving proper care. A combination of certain signs points to neglect; however, one sign alone does not necessarily indicate it. The red flags to watch for include the following.
Hygiene is neglected or is poor
Nursing home residents should receive assistance with the following personal care matters:
- Getting dressed
- Brushing their teeth
- Clipping their nails
- Combing their hair
If there are not enough personnel on staff, the resident suffers. The lack of routine dental care is often an issue throughout nursing homes.
Living conditions that are unsanitary
You loved one should have clean bedding, clean clothing, a clean bathroom and a kitchen that is sanitary. A safe, sanitary and comfortable environment for residents is a mandate by the government. States also have security and safety requirements.
Food health issues
Dehydration and malnutrition may occur. One of of five nursing home residents exhibited some form of malnutrition, a sure sign of nursing home neglect. There might be a high turnover in nursing aides or a lack of individualized care.
Loss of mobility
A good nursing home will assure the activity of its residents. Movement is necessary, and exercise should happen. Some facilities use walking programs to build muscle tone and strength and help with balance and circulation. Having the resident stay in bed leads to problems, such as bed sores and loss of mobility.
This could be from walking without assistance and falling. The CDC reports that about 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries.
Emotional issues can also result from nursing home neglect. Residents may then begin to stop caring for themselves.