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How to spot potential nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse is more prevalent than many think, which is why loved ones and relatives must learn the signs of abuse. Putting the care of an elderly family member into the hands of someone else can be stressful and emotional. You want to make sure your family member is taken care of with great respect and compassion. Here are some tips for spotting potential nursing home abuse in Michigan.

There are many different forms of nursing home abuse and they include:

- Lack of care for patient's existing condition(s)

- Assault

- Sexual assault or rape

- Prolonged food and water deprivation

- Restraining of patient using drug not prescribed by doctor

- Unreasonable seclusion from others or physical restraint

Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse include the following:

- Any injury requiring an emergency room visit

- Patient injured by another nursing home resident

- Incidents that involve broken bones

- Malnutrition

- Wandering incidents

- Dehydration

- Bed sores

- Unclean room conditions

- Desire to be isolated from other residents

- Rapid weight gain or weight loss

- Sudden change in behavior or mood

- Infections

- Easily angered or agitated

- Resident exhibits the fear of another person's touch

- Unexpected or unexplained death of a resident

- Will not speak when staff members are present

- Unexplained broken bones or injuries such as cuts, scars, welts or other bruises

Nursing home abuse is serious and should not be brushed aside. Prior to selecting a nursing home for your loved one, be sure to perform plenty of research into multiple facilities. Ask for records and speak with current residents and their families to get a feel for the staff. Ask for credentials of the staff and how different illnesses and diseases are handled on a daily basis.

Visit our site today to learn more about nursing home deaths and how to spot potential abuse in Rochester, Michigan.

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