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Signs that a loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect

New Yorkers will continue to age. People can try a number of different things to try and slow the process, but it is inevitable. As people age, some need more assistance in doing daily tasks, while others experience various medical conditions that require someone to provide care for them. Although family members may be able to step in and help out in these instances, many loved ones are unable to provide all the necessary care.

That is why elderly loved ones may be moved to a nursing facility. Many of these facilities provide competent care, but mistakes are made that can result in neglect. This can cause even more health problems and greatly deteriorate a resident's quality of life. However, people generally are not able to visit their loved ones every day to keep a close eye on everything that occurs. There are certain signs that people can look for when they do visit, though, to determine if nursing home neglect is occurring.

There are many signs of neglect. One sign of neglect, for example, is sudden weight loss, especially if the individual needs assistance to eat. Another sign of neglect is the development of bed sores, which could be a sign that nursing home staff failed to move the patient when necessary. Nursing home residents could also be subjected to injuries in preventable falls. People should also pay attention to their loved ones' behavior. If there has been neglect, a victim may be withdrawn or have other changes in their behavior towards their family. It is also important to see how the person interacts with nursing home staff. If the reaction to staff is poor, it could be a sign that things are not going well.

Many people in New York have loved ones in nursing homes. They assume that these loved ones are receiving the proper care at these homes, but this is not always the case. It is important to look for the signs of neglect during visits. If there is neglect, it should be immediately reported. Subsequently, if damage has been caused, then legal action may be taken in an attempt to recover compensation. These are complicated matters, though. Experienced attorneys may therefore be a useful resource.

Source: Nursing Home Abuse Center, "Nursing Home Neglect," accessed on Jan. 8, 2018

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