What is nursing home negligence?

nursing home nurse and patientYou know your loved ones.

And you know when something is wrong. When you look at them, you can tell that they are losing weight—and they are losing weight fast.

Contrary to what the nursing home would have you believe, their declining health may not be the result of their condition or a health issue. It may actually be the result of nursing home negligence. One of the signs is the onset of bedsores, which are absolutely horrendous. This pressure sore, or pressure ulcer, results from sitting in one place too long. This is a sign that the nursing home staff is not moving them enough.

Falls are also common among seniors in nursing homes and can be caused by careless or abusive nursing home staff members.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, keep a close eye on the nursing home staff. If they are understaffed, it may take them a long time to respond to the needs of your loved one. That’s something that I tell my clients and potential clients to keep an eye on when you are at the nursing home facilities.

Let’s say, for instance, that you’re visiting your mom. She pushes the call button, and 45 minutes pass before a staff member arrives. That heightens your awareness that there may be a shortage of help at your mom’s nursing home.

These are some examples of nursing home negligence that could be causing a loved one serious physical, emotional, and psychological harm. If you have more questions about nursing home negligence, contact Brian K. Balser Co. LPA today for help.

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