Picking up from where we left off in Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: 6 Warning Signs You Should Know (Pt. 1), below are some more common indications that nursing home residents may be the subjects of neglect or abuse.
More Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
3. Sudden, Extreme Weight Loss
This is another common sign of possible nursing home abuse or neglect, as extreme weight loss can indicate that:
- Nursing home staff members are neglecting residents, and, consequently, residents are suffering from malnutrition. This can be common among nursing home residents who are living with dementia, forget to eat and need assistance feeding themselves.
- Some type of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal or emotional) is occurring at the facility.
If your loved one in a nursing home suddenly drops a lot of weight and there is no other medical diagnosis to explain this extreme weight loss, start talking to nursing home staff members to get to the bottom of whether or not nursing home neglect or abuse may be involved.
Malnutrition is another common warning sign of possible nursing home neglect, and it occurs far more often than people may realize. In fact, some researchers have estimated that as many as 85 percent of nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition at some point during their stay in these facilities. While malnutrition (like dehydration) can be a symptom of a more serious condition (like, for instance, dementia or cancer), in some cases, it may be a red flag that nursing home staff are not providing the proper care to residents.
Common symptoms of malnutrition include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Loss of color in the skin and/or eyes
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry skin that lacks elasticity
- Disorientation and confusion
- Swelling of the extremities
- Extreme weight losses
- Wounds that seem to be taking especially long to heal.
Be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog for some more common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse…
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