Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse in Virginia and North Carolina
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is one of the most popular times of year for families to make visits to their loved ones in nursing homes. Unfortunately, there will be a fairly sizable percentage of visitors who discover that their loved ones are living in less-than-desirable conditions. They could, in fact, be the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
There are a number of websites where you can read about safety ratings and penalties for nursing homes. For example, the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation details all penalties and types. However, it’s also important that you keep an eye out for yourself on the condition of the nursing home whenever you visit, and take note of any of these common signs of nursing home neglect:
- Signs of emotional neglect: When elderly people are often ignored or left alone, it can constitute emotional or social neglect. Be on the lookout for depression, withdrawn behavior, lack of any type of friendly interaction with staff or other residents and other similar types of symptoms.
- Signs of hygiene neglect: If residents aren’t receiving appropriate assistance with their personal hygiene, you might notice poor teeth condition, dirty sheets or clothes, bad smells and more.
- Signs of basic needs neglect: Nursing homes are expected to provide food, water and safe, clean living environments for their residents. Neglect of these needs could have symptoms such as malnutrition, dehydration, unexplained weight loss, and other environmental hazards.
- Signs of medical neglect: Nursing home residents often have certain medical conditions that require the attention of the staff. They should always be receiving their medication. Signs of medical neglect could include infections, cuts, diabetes, bed sores, cognitive impairment, unexplained bruises/bumps or broken bones.
If you notice any of these issues when visiting a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, contact an attorney immediately to take action and hold the nursing home responsible. For more information, call the nursing home neglect lawyers of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online. We serve clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.