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What are the signs of nursing home abuse?

Thanks to modern medicine and the tendency to live an active lifestyle, Americans are living longer than ever. Because of this, individuals in Kentucky and elsewhere must take the time to plan for their care later in life. For some families, this means family members taking care of aging loved ones. In some cases, nursing homes are designated where a loved one will live and be cared for in their old age. But, choosing a nursing home comes with its own perils, like nursing home abuse.

What are the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse? These facilities can be excellent places where the needs of the residents are beyond met. However, some unfortunate events could occur at nursing homes. The care of a loved one could be compromised by the negligence and abuse of those working at the facility.

It is not an easy situation when one suspects nursing home abuse of negligence. Nonetheless, one needs to be aware of the signs of these situations, knowing when to speak up and take action. With regards to nursing home abuse, there are some warning signs. Thus, loved ones should pay attention to the following: bedsores on the body, unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts or broken bones, unusual smells in the nursing home or other signs of unsanitary conditions and a change in the pattern of behavior in a loved one.

These signs might seem minor and simple to begin. But, if they are overlooked or hidden by the facility, it could cause matters to get worse. Therefore, it is important to recognize these and any other signs as red flags. Taking action does not only stop the abuse or neglect, but could prevent other residents from suffering the same ill fate. Additionally, taking action could help one recover compensation for damages suffered, which could amount to physical, emotional, mental and financial damages.

Source: Patch.com, "What You Should Know About Nursing Home Abuse," Paul d'Oilveira, Oct. 20, 2017

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