Recognizing Nursing Home Neglect

When you entrust a loved one to the care of a nursing home facility, you expect them to follow through on the proper course of care. What if that is not the case and you find your loved one’s health declining inexplicably?Nursing Home Neglect in Massachusetts

Nursing home neglect may occur with little sign to you. What constitutes neglect in a nursing home, and how might you spot it? Discover the signs of nursing home neglect and how you may deal with it.


A nursing home with a full staff should monitor patients appropriately. Some residents may have an unsteady gait, while others may have more severe mobility issues. Injuries from falls should not occur if the staff is attentive to the needs of their patients. A failure to monitor patients is a growing problem due largely to the decline in worker availability.


Your observation skills may prove invaluable when spotting negligence in the nursing home. Watch for skin ulcers, especially on the buttocks and heels. Bedsores develop when the blood pools in body areas that remain in constant contact with the bed. It is a sign that the staff is not moving your loved one enough. Bedsores may prove deadly if left unattended as infection may run rampant through the body.

Emotional changes

If your visit ends with an uncharacteristic emotional outburst, you may want to do some digging. Some residents of nursing home neglect become belligerent and have complete personality changes to cope with their deteriorating conditions. Emotional changes may also occur if the staff fails to dispense the proper medication.

Ensuring your loved one receives the proper care and attention is important. Understanding what to look out for when it comes to nursing home negligence, as it may help you stop it before it becomes detrimental.

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