Do you have a loved one who is suffering from abuse or neglect at a Georgia nursing home? This very distressing situation is, sadly, all too common. There are many ways in which the elderly can suffer in nursing homes. If you notice any of the following telltale signs, take action right away.
How can you tell if your relative is neglected?
Nursing home neglect can take many forms. If you notice that your loved one is looking very thin, pale or bruised, this is a sure sign. They may be reluctant to speak about what happened to them. They may also appear listless, distracted or withdrawn. These may be warning signs of trauma.
Does your relative suddenly appear to be very sodden or dirty? Is this a change from their normal standards of hygiene? The fault may not be their own. Their slovenly appearance may be due to them not getting the care they need. This may be a result of negligence or cruelty on a caregiver’s part.
What can you do to stop neglect?
Negligence in nursing homes is often the result of poor staffing. It can also be due to simple indifference on the part of the facility owner. The penalty is paid by the seniors who suffer under their lack of concern. If you see signs of such neglect, it will be up to you to do something about it.
This abuse won’t stop on its own. You should report any signs of abuse or negligence to the superiors of the facility. If this bears no result, you can take your case to local authorities. You may want to file a claim of elder abuse or neglect on behalf of your relative.