nursing home fails to provide adequate care, residents can sustain physical and psychological
damage. Understanding the signs of abuse and neglect can help prevent
or stop it before your loved on suffers further injury.
While these signs can vary based on each specific case, a combination of
the following red flags could mean a serious issue:
Unexplained injuries – Whether it is a bruise or a broken bone, these injuries could
be a clear indication of abuse and neglect occurring in the nursing home.
They often occur when a nursing home resident is struck by a staff member
or when the resident is walking somewhere unassisted and is allowed to fall.
Weight loss – A combination of medication and aging can affect a person’s
appetite. Negligent nursing facilities typically do not have the staff
or the compassion to ensure their resident receive necessary nutrition
Bedsores – Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, they are caused
by poor nutrition and prolonged pressure on the bodies of patients who
lay unattended for long periods of time. Bedsores are often evidence of
neglect and lack of proper care by nursing home staff.
Poor hygiene – Many residents require help with getting dressed, brushing their
teeth, and bathing. When a patient experiences neglect, they are left
to do these things on their own. However, they are typically not capable
of doing so.
Unsanitary living conditions – Nursing homes are obligated to provide residents with clean and
safe living conditions. Failure to do so could mean residents are being
Psychological issues – Abuse and neglect can result in a variety of emotional problems
for residents. They may become afraid of the nursing home staff and reluctant
to discuss the issue they encounter, as well as become angry. In some
cases, residents grow distant from family and friends, close themselves
off and suffer from depression. Changes in emotions should be taken under
If your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse in Connecticut,
contact our Hartford personal injury attorney at
Zayas Law Firm for a
free case evaluation today.