Entrusting a facility to care for your elder loved ones is a difficult decision. Unfortunately, many families are faced with the cruel reality that their loved one has been suffering at the hands of their caretakers. Maryland’s elderly residents are vulnerable. Facilities or staff that don’t have sufficient resources or training will often result in substandard care. Subjecting older adults to these conditions leads to both physical and psychological harm. Be aware of the common signs of nursing home neglect, and contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek for legal assistance.
Poor Sanitation and Hygiene
If living conditions at the nursing home are unsanitary, that is a warning sign of potential nursing home neglect. Living areas, rooms, and bedding should be clean to provide not just a suitable living situation, but a comfortable one. If these basic amenities are lacking, then it’s likely that there are other issues with the facility.
Poor hygiene of the resident is another good indication of neglect. The staff and caretakers are responsible for assisting in the basic care of their patients. Elderly adults may need help with personal care, like bathing, brushing their teeth, and trimming their nails. The resident’s unkempt appearance hints that their everyday needs are not being tended to.
Malnutrition and Dehydration
Nursing home neglect also includes failure to provide basic needs like food and water. Understaffed facilities may not be able to provide residents enough meals or drinks. Sometimes, neglectful staff will even ignore or refuse requests for additional food and beverages.
Nursing homes should have programs in place to keep residents active for their muscular health. Neglecting to address elderly adults’ need to retain muscle mass and mobility can cause them to lose muscle mass and mobility faster than they should. Reduced or lost mobility is a common result of overlooking this area of their health, which can also lead to otherwise avoidable injuries.
If your loved one has unexplained injuries, it can be due to a neglectful staff. It’s likely the injuries are a result of the elderly patient trying to do tasks on their own because they could not receive help to do it. Attempting to do things without supervision or assistance can cause residents to put themselves in unnecessary and even dangerous situations that can result in injury.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Maryland? The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.