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Warning signs of nursing home neglect include unexplained weight loss, unexplained bruises, unexplained fractures, bedsores, dehydration, and sudden change in behavior, such as exhibition of fear and extreme anxiety. While sometimes, these signs exist with the best of care due to some progressive illnesses, most are avoidable with good nursing care. It is time to get suspicious when these signs and symptoms are unexplained.
Types of nursing home neglect include the following:
- failure to prevent falls;
- over medication;
- wrong medication;
- failure to turn and reposition regularly to prevent bedsores;
- verbal abuse;
- physical abuse;
- failure to provide adequate diet and diet assistance;
- failure to assist patients with transfers, restroom needs, and hygiene.