Possible Indicators Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
Nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect in Illinois and Chicago area nursing homes may be plainly evident, but often it won’t be obvious. There are a variety of signs that may indicate nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect may have occurred. Of course, these signs can also signal problems at similar health care facilities such as assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), hospices and hospitals.
Physical signs that nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect may have occurred are numerous, and include the following:
- Bruising and cuts, especially those that are unexplained
- Broken bones, especially those that are unexplained
- Unsanitary conditions anywhere on the nursing home premises
- Open sores
- Bedsores (also called bed sores, pressure ulcers, and pressure sores; these bed sores are discussed in Elman Joseph Law Group’s ChicagoBedSoresLaw.com site)
- Blood on bed sheets, clothing, or visible anywhere
- Feces or urine on beds, floors, or furniture
- The smell of feces or urine
- Shaking of nursing home residents
- Unreasonable physical restraints
- Nursing home accidents that appear odd or are recurring
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Sudden (large) losses of weight
- Untreated injuries or inappropriately treated injuries
- Signs of sexual abuse, including vaginal and rectal tearing, occurrences of sexual diseases, etc.
As well, there can be many other signs of possible nursing home abuse and neglect that are not physical in nature. These non-physical signs include:
- Complaints by nursing home residents
- Rumors either inside or outside the nursing home
- Mood changes by nursing home residents
- Emotional withdrawal and/or social withdrawal or other changes in behavior by nursing home residents
To Get Legal Advice From A Chicago Nursing Home Litigation Lawyer
If these signs exist in the Illinois nursing home that someone you care for is a patient of, nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect may be happening. Please contact the Chicago nursing home litigation lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group’s office for a free legal consultation with an experienced Chicago litigation attorney.
For an immediate consultation call (773) 392-8182 at any time.
Elman Joseph Law Group works on a contingency basis, meaning that clients never have to pay fees unless and until they receive a monetary award.