Massachusetts Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect happens every day in throughout The United States, including here in Massachusetts. As the population continues to live longer, nursing home abuse and neglect will likely continue to grow. Though nursing home abuse and neglect will never be stopped, there are signs you can look for to prevent it or stop if from happening to a loved one.
The first step in preventing nursing home neglect or abuse is to know the potential signs. Nursing home abuse and neglect can be physical, emotional or simply negligence. Whatever the form of abuse/neglect that is occurring, nursing home neglect/abuse should be reported and concerns addressed as soon as possible. Due to a the age of those in nursing homes, acting quickly can mean the difference between life and death.
Some common warning signs that could indicate abuse or neglect at a Massachusetts nursing home are:
Physical Nursing Home Abuse
- Unexplained falls
- Broken bones
- Loss of weight or appetite
- Wounds, broken skin or bruises
- Other possible physical abuse
Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
- Any sudden behavioral change
- Any unusual behavior
- Becoming withdrawn or refusing to communicate
- Reluctance to speak in front of staff members
Nursing Home Neglect
- Skin discoloration, including red or dark areas (bedsores)
- Poor personal hygiene
- Medication withheld or excess given
- Incorrect body position
- Lack of assistance with eating and drinking
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Dirt, soiled bed, fecal or urine odor
- Frequent illness, and the illness is not promptly reported to the physician and family
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain; other signs of malnutrition
- Unnecessary bed or chair restraints
If any you notice any of these warning signs of abuse or neglect, you should make a formal compliant with the nursing home’s staff and maintain a record of this complaint. You should also contact the Massachusetts Health and Human Services.
If the signs of abuse or neglect exist, or if your loved one mentions abuse or repeated neglect, you should contact the Law Office of Patrick Bull for a free consultation about a potential personal injury claim against the facility or its staff members. As a Massachusetts nursing home lawyer, attorney Patrick Bull can help you or your loved one get the compensation they deserve if they have been injued at a Massachusetts Nursing Home.
Massachusetts Nursing Home lawyer Patrick Bull will work with you to gather evidence including insurance information, medical records and more, all to help you stop the abuse / neglect and get compensation for the past abuses. Call the Law office of Patrick F. Bull for a free consultation. 978-457-9090 today!