Enrolling your loved one in a New Jersey nursing home may not have been an easy decision. At Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, we know that you want only the best for your family. That is why you should know the signs that could indicate that your family member has been neglected at the facility.
According to the Administration on Aging, nursing home neglect occurs when the people who are tasked with taking care of your loved one fail to do so in at least one of the following ways:
- Not giving the resident food or shelter
- Not giving the resident the appropriate health care
- Denying protection for the elderly person
One of the symptoms that a nursing home resident has been neglected could be sudden weight loss. While it is true that elderly people tend to experience a decrease in appetite, noticeable weight loss could indicate that staff are not properly feeding or monitoring the diet of the resident.
Additionally, a resident who has either suffered a serious fall or frequent falls may be a victim of neglect. Each resident should have a customized care plan, which should address items such as whether or not the person will need help getting around the facility. Failing to provide that assistance demonstrates the inability of the staff to properly care to your loved one.
Lastly, bedsores are often the result of either poor nutrition or someone who has been in one position for a prolonged period of time. This is a serious condition that can result in pain in its initial stage and exposure of muscle and even bone in its late stages.
There is no reason your loved one should be subject to substandard care. For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding negligence lawsuits.