Recognizing Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | August 17th, 2017

When you make the decision to help your loved one find a nursing home, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices. There are many nursing homes and care facilities throughout Texas, and they all seem to offer excellent care and resident comfort. But nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in even the most well-seeming facilities, so it pays to be choosy when selecting a nursing home for your loved one. Their health, well-being, and life could depend on it.

Whether you’re touring a new nursing home or visiting a family member’s residence, be on the lookout for these warning signs of potential abuse or neglect:

  • Frequent staff turnover – How long have the nurses or doctors been employed at the care facility? Does it seem like there are new employees every time you visit? A high staff turnover can indicate poor employee morale—which can lead to poor resident care.
  • Disorganization and foul odors – What does the nursing home look or smell like? If things appear to be in disarray, if there are foul odors (even in common areas), or if the facility appears to be poorly maintained, it may mean residents aren’t receiving the care they need, either.
  • Bad reviews and feedback – These days, almost everything is reviewed online. Be sure to research any care facility you’re considering, as well as where your loved one is already a resident, to see what others have to say about it. You should also pay close attention to any comments or complaints from your loved one, as they may indicate serious violations to residents’ rights.

Finding out that your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home or care facility can be devastating, so it’s important to have an experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer on your side. Contact Skolrood Law Firm for a free consultation with our experienced legal team to find out how we may be able to work for you.