As we age, some of us require help to maintain the high quality of life that we are used to. We count on residential care facilities to safeguard our loved ones who might not be able to handle everyday activities. As we see our loved ones off to live in a nursing home, we expect that they will be well cared for and live happily for the remainder of their golden years. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
If you have a loved one who is living in a nursing home, it is important to know the signs of abuse and neglect. Nursing home abuse can be the cause for a Green Bay wrongful death. Knowing the signs may prevent the premature death of your loved one living in a nursing home.
Some of the common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are:
- Weight loss. The combination of aging and medication can affect an individual’s appetite. Nursing homes often do not hire sufficient staff to be sure that their residents receive the nutrition and hydration they need to sustain a healthy life.
- Bruises. Bruises on a family member living in a nursing home should be able to be explained by the staff. Bruises can be signs of physical or sexual abuse of a resident.
- Bedsores. Bedsores are often caused by poor nutrition and prolonged pressure on the bodies of patients who are forced to lie unattended for a long period of time.
- Restraints. Restraining a person is inhumane. Nursing homes often use physical and chemical restraints on their patients. Either method should never be used and can cause long-term damage.
If have lost a loved one due to neglect or abuse of a nursing home, it is important to hold the nursing home accountable. To discuss your legal options contact an experienced Green Bay wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.