Concluding Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs: 5 Signs to Know, here are some additional common indications that a loved one in a nursing home may have been the subject of abuse and/or neglect.
4. Signs of Dehydration and/or Malnutrition
Dehydration and/or malnutrition reportedly effects about 1 in every 10 nursing home residents in the U.S. at any given time. In many cases, dehydration and malnutrition are strong warning signs that your loved one has been seriously neglected or abused because, even if they are unable to feed or nourish themselves, nursing home staff are legally responsible for ensuring this nourishment is being provided to your loved one.
Should you notice any of the following signs of dehydration and/or malnutrition in your elderly loved one who is living in a nursing home, it’s time to start asking the staff some serious questions about their care (or lack thereof) for your loved one:
- Significant weight loss in short periods of time
- Disorientation, dizziness and/or increased confusion
- Dry skin, chapped lips and decreased urination
- Extreme exhaustion
- Increased irritability
- Recurring, severe headaches
- Sunken eyes.
Bedsores are wounds that commonly develop on people with impairments that confine them to bed rest. Also referred to pressure ulcers, bed sores tend to arise on the bonier parts of the body where there is excessive pressure placed on the skin for extended period of time; such areas generally include (but aren’t limited to) the:
- Ankles and heels
- Elbows and shoulder blades.
When bed sores develop:
- Immediate treatment of these wounds will be necessary to prevent serious, potentially life-threatening infections from developing.
- It can be a red flag that nursing home neglect has occurred (as bedsores can indicate that staff members are not properly or adequately cleaning and moving residents).
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