Five Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

October 30, 2020

Nursing home abuse and neglect is sadly a problem that many families face when placing their trust in assisted living facilities to take care of an elderly family member. It can be extremely frustrating when your family member exhibits strange behaviors or presents unexplained bruises or injuries. Without being able to be by the side of your loved one all the time, it’s often hard to know that abuse is taking place. With open communication, regular visits, and a watchful eye, there are many signs that your loved one may be experiencing nursing home neglect or abuse.


When nursing home attendants neglect their necessary duties, elderly patients can develop painful welts and sores on their bodies. These bedsores are the result of lying in the same position for long periods of time or infrequently changing soiled linens. Bedsores are relatively easy to prevent with proper care, so finding bedsores on a nursing home patient is an indication that neglect and mistreatment may be occurring.


While it is true that many elders experience a decline in appetite as they grow older, it is also important for the nursing home staff to ensure that your loved one is receiving proper nutrition. If your loved one is complaining of hunger or thirst, it’s important to quickly follow up to ensure that they are not being neglected. Improper diet and hydration can quickly lead to dangerous situations for your loved one or even death.

Unexplained Injuries

Nursing home attendants should do everything in their power to protect your loved one from preventable injuries. Any injuries or bruises you notice on your elderly loved one should have an explanation. Some injuries are unavoidable in elderly patients, but if these injuries cannot be explained by the staff, you should investigate it further.

Depression or Fear

Regardless of age, a person’s mood is one indication of how healthy they are. If your elderly loved one is showing signs of depression or fear, they could be suffering from malnourishment, physical abuse, or mental abuse.

A Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Can Help

If you have observed any of these common signs of nursing home abuse, or fear that your elderly loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Saladino & Schaaf have decades of experience representing Kentuckians in personal injury lawsuits, including elder and nursing home abuse.

If you or a loved one have been injured or otherwise abused while residing at a nursing home, contact us online or at (270) 444-0406 or (270) 753-1592 to schedule a free consultation today. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but the clock is ticking.




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