How to Spot Signs of Negligence in a Retirement Home
Nursing home abuse is hidden and typically occurs behind closed doors.
However, there are some things you can do to make sure you’re choosing
a nursing home where your parent or loved one will be safe, comfortable,
and closely monitored. Here are a few litmus tests you should use when
trying to determine what your aging loved one’s experience will
be like in a certain facility:
Taste the food. Many seniors become highly sensitive to food as they age, and giving your
loved one legitimate reason to avoid eating will be detrimental to their
health. If the food in a nursing home is not visually appealing or enjoyable,
it may not matter much whether it includes multiple food groups or meets
Take a whiff. It’s not uncommon for nursing homes to smell a bit odd, especially
because many seniors are likely to have less control over their bodily
functions as they age. However, if there is a strong or persistent smell
of urine throughout the facility, this may indicate inadequate cleaning
practices, which will likely have a negative effect on your loved one.
Notice the staff-resident ratio. If medical staff seem hurried, exhausted, and overworked, this is likely
a cause for concern. Sometimes poor care is unintentional and happens
because the facility does not hire enough staff to provide sufficient
attention and care to residents but, regardless of whether or not it is
intentional, negligence could have serious (even deadly) consequences
on your loved one.
Observe the behavior of the staff. If you notice a group of nurses shooting the breeze while seniors sit nearby
and stare at the wall, make a mental note. Also listen to the way the
staff speak to one another and try to pick up signs of aggression, rudeness,
or impatience, as your senior will be on the other end of this behavior
if they are placed in their care.
Contact the Experienced Greenville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Christian
& Davis LLC Today
If you place your senior in the care of nursing home staff, you have every
right to take action when they fail to meet acceptable levels of care
or commit any form of abuse or neglect. Don’t hesitate to act on
behalf of your loved one and don’t wait to call a member of our
legal team at
Christian & Davis LLC. Our
Greenville nursing home abuse attorneys are prepared to roll up their sleeves and work with you to hold the responsible
Your first meeting with us is free. Call (864) 408-8890 or send us an email
to begin the conversation.