Watch for These Warning Signs in Nursing Homes

by Staff Blogger | September 1st, 2017

You want only the best care for your loved one when choosing a nursing home for them. Even if they’re already living in one, it’s important to be on the lookout for a few prominent warning signs.

Nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common in facilities in the U.S.–including those in Middle Tennessee–especially when these facilities are understaffed and overcrowded. Unfortunately, the signs of abuse and neglect often go unnoticed for long periods of time, but the physical and psychological effects can be devastating for residents.

When considering a facility for your loved one or visiting them at their current nursing home, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • High staff turnover – Does it seem like there are new doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the facility every time you visit? Poor staff morale leads to high turnover, and that’s a significant risk factor for patient abuse and neglect.
  • Unsanitary living conditions – Nursing home residents can be at high risk of infections and disease, so it’s important to keep their living spaces as clean as possible. A nursing home that appears dirty, unkempt, or that has a foul odor may indicate uncleanliness that could put your loved one at risk.

Never move your loved one into a nursing home that has these warning signs. If your loved one is already a resident, having a Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer can help you get compensation for their injuries and help you find a better facility for them.

All nursing home residents in Tennessee are guaranteed certain rights, and Ponce Law is dedicated to protecting them. Call today for a free consultation.