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When you place your loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you trust the staff to provide an acceptable level of care. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes take care of their residents as they should. When nurses, doctors, and other staff members act negligently, it can have serious, far-reaching consequences.

If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or you are being subjected to abuse while in the care of a senior housing facility, contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Pensacola today. At The Watson Firm, PLLC, we can help you understand your legal options and quickly get to work to devise a plan of action.

Get in touch with us today at (850) 403-4779 to discuss your situation with our dedicated attorney. Free, confidential consultations are available.

How to Recognize Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

In many instances, an elderly individual may not be able or willing to report negligence or abuse. He or she may not even realize that the standard of care at the nursing home is unacceptable. For these reasons, it’s important that you are able to recognize the signs of negligence or abuse so that you can take action right away.

Some of the most common signs of nursing home negligence or abuse include:

  • Sudden, unexplained changes in your loved one’s behavior or mood
  • Presence of injuries such as bed sores, broken bones, bruises, etc.
  • Slip and falls, often resulting in severe injuries such as broken hips
  • Poor nutrition or hygiene and/or dehydration
  • Unexplained emotional distress, anger, fear, or agitation
  • Symptoms of over or under-medication
  • Generally unsanitary or unclean conditions
  • Wandering, elopement, or sudden changes to an estate plan
  • Unwillingness to speak in the presence of staff or doctors
  • Accidents requiring hospitalization or that result in death

These are just some of the signs that neglect or abuse may be going on. If you suspect something is not right, it’s wise to keep a closer eye on the facility and your loved one to check for potential signs of neglect. Nursing home abuse can take many forms—physical, mental, sexual, and even financial—and knowing what to look out for can help you quickly take legal action.

What to Look for When Choosing a Nursing Home

Knowing how to select a good, reputable senior living facility for your elderly loved one can help you avoid nursing home abuse and neglect issues altogether. Most nursing homes strive to provide a warm and happy environment for their residents, and knowing what to look for during your initial tour of the facility can save you heartache later on.

When selecting a nursing home, always tour the facility in person before making a choice. During your tour, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the staff seem generally happy and professional?
  • Does the facility seem to be clean, orderly, and well-maintained?
  • What is the general, overall demeanor of the residents?
  • Is there adequate staff, nurses, and doctors for the number of residents?
  • Do the rooms seem clean and sanitary?
  • Are there activities or other amenities available for residents?

Often, an in-person tour can give us a great overview of the general atmosphere of a specific facility, which is why we urge you to always view the nursing home in person, if possible.

Call Us for a Free, Confidential Consultation

If you believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or you are a resident dealing with neglect or abuse, our firm can help you. At The Watson Firm, PLLC, we provide confidential consultations at no cost. Our Pensacola nursing home neglect attorney will work to understand the unique details of your situation and take the time to listen to your story. Our entire team will advocate for you and your rights.

Call (850) 403-4779 to learn more or to begin your no-cost consultation with our team today.

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