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How to Spot Negligence at a Nursing Home: An Overview of the Signs

Posted by A. Lou Benassi | Feb 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

We trust nursing homes to keep those who we love safe when we can't take care of them on our own. All too often, however, the nursing facility that is supposed to care for our friends and family members fails to provide adequate care, causing more harm than good. If someone you love has been neglected while under the care of an Illinois nursing home, the attorneys at Benassi & Benassi are here to help gain the justice your loved one deserves.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

  • Unsanitary or unsafe facility or bedroom: nursing homes are regulated by a federal law that requires the nursing home to provide an environment for it residents that will "promote maintenance or enhancement of the quality of life of each resident." Part of this quality of life, of course, is a clean and sanitary place for a nursing home's residents to spend their time. If you notice unsanitary living conditions, such as spills that are not cleaned up or dishes that have been sitting out for longer than normal while visiting your loved one, this might be a sign that the nursing home is not caring for its residents like it should.
  • Mysterious injuries: bumps, scrapes, bruises, and broken bones can be a sign of abuse by nursing home staff, but these injuries don't necessarily occur from physical abuse. Oftentimes, residents who are not properly taken care of may try to do things on their own such as use the bathroom or take a shower. For individuals who are unsteady on their feet, this is a recipe for disaster. If your loved one has fallen while trying to do something by themselves in a nursing home, then this might be a sign of a staff that is not paying enough attention to its residents' needs.
  • Poor hygiene: a telltale sign of a nursing home that is not caring for its residents' needs is an obvious lack of basic hygiene. If you notice that a loved one has not showered in a while, is wearing dirty clothes, or has serious dental problems, then it might be time to take a second look at the care being provided by nursing home staff.
  • Isolation from other residents or loved ones: neglect at the hands of nursing home staff can often cause serious psychological trauma to residents who are victims of this treatment. If your family member or loved one becomes more distant or does not want to see family members as much as they used to, then he or she may be suffering from a lack of attention and care that the nursing home staff have a duty to provide.

Has a Loved One Been Injured by a Nursing Home's Negligence? We Can Help.

If someone you love is suffering at the hands of a nursing home that has failed to provide adequate care, we are standing by to help. Don't let neglect continue to harm your family member or loved one any longer--fill out an online case evaluation form or call our Peoria, Illinois office at (309) 674-3556 to set up a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys and get justice for your loved one's pain.

About the Author

A. Lou Benassi

A. Lou Benassi was born and raised in Taylor Springs, Illinois, a small mining and farming community located near Hillsboro, the county seat of Montgomery County, Illinois...


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