Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence is a serious problem that can be difficult to detect. Victims of abuse are often unable or unwilling to complain about inadequate. Additionally, some victims may not even be aware that neglect or negligence is happening. The attorneys of Brown & Gould, PLLC, are here to help if your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence in Oklahoma or Texas.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect may take many forms. A resident might experience, illness, injury, or even death in extreme cases. Some instances of negligent care in nursing homes include:
- Inadequate food or water leading to dehydration or malnourishment;
- Inadequate or inaccurate amounts of medication or prescriptions leading to suffering, medical complications, or overdose;
- Inadequate monitoring or extensive time between check-ins leading to dangerous situations and potential for injuries to go unnoticed; and
- Inadequate bathing and levels of cleanliness leading to dirty clothing or linens, unhygienic patients, and bedsores.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
If you have a loved one in a nursing care facility, you should be careful to look for signs of nursing home neglect. Your loved one may call these to your attention, but it is more likely that you will need to look for them on your own.
- Unclean or soiled clothing or linens or foul smells in resident rooms – unfortunately this is one of the most common and first indications of neglect that family members notice;
- Unemptied trash cans and unclean floors and surfaces – this can show that the resident is not being monitoring or cared for on a regular basis;
- Severe weight change or changes in appearance – this may be due to inadequate or improper diet; and/or
- Over-medication, under-medication, or unexplained sharply deteriorating medical conditions – this can indicate mistakes or negligence regarding medical attention and health care.
What to Do if You Believe Your Loved One Has Been Neglected
If you suspect negligence in a nursing home, you should act immediately. First, if possible make sure that your loved one is in a safe place for the immediate future. Adult Protective Services can help you find a place for your loved one until a permanent solution is available. Try to record the negligence by taking notes and being as specific as possible. Additionally, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney to advise you of your rights and the rights of your loved one. The attorneys at Brown & Gould, PLLC, are available to help you resolve instances of nursing home negligence, and you can contact us today at 405-235-4500.