If you're an adult child whose mother or father is in need of nursing home care, you've likely done your research to investigate various services located in your Mississippi region. There may be things you like more about one place than another. In the end, you really just want to find someplace where your loved one will be attended to according to the highest level of safety and care standards in order to live as happy and healthy a life as possible.
Of course, unless you yourself live somewhere for an extended period of time, there's really no full-proof way of determining quality of care in a particular facility. Many people wind up very happy with the choices they make and their loved ones spend years receiving attentive and compassionate care. Others experience situations far from ideal; in fact, some meet with utter disaster when their loved ones suffer personal injuries at the hands of their own caregivers.
Red flag signals of substandard care
When you visit your mother, father or grandparent in a nursing home, you probably come bearing gifts on occasion, perhaps some flowers or a favorite treat. If you visit regularly, you may even come to recognize faces and names of staff members and other residents. However, if you notice any of the following signs, your loved one may be in danger:
- Unclean surroundings: Nursing facilities are obligated to provide clean, safe environments for residents and workers alike. If you see evidence that your loved one's home is failing to fulfill these obligations, you can bring it to the attention of appropriate officials. (This type of problem should put you on alert to look for other signs of neglect as well.)
- Poor hygiene: It's bad enough if the building or your loved one's room is not up to par insofar as cleanliness goes; if he or she shows lack of care (for example, un-kept/unwashed hair, dirty clothes or obvious signs that bathing is not taking place), it may be a sign of serious neglect.
- Lack of mobility: If your loved one has bed sores or is always in a supine position in bed every time you visit, you might inquire as to when the last time he or she was assisted in moving about for exercise (provided an adverse health condition does not prevent such movement). If your loved one complains of spasms or has other signs that adequate mobility does not occur on a regular basis, it's often a clear sign of trouble.
- Bodily injury: Do you notice scrapes, bruises or other injuries (such as a sprained ankle or broken wrist) that cause you concern regarding your loved one's safety? If staff members do not have reasonable explanations as to how such injuries occurred, you may want to contact authorities to request further investigation.
Many times nursing home residents are afraid to speak up when it comes to substandard care and/or abuse. Your loved one may rely on you to keep a close eye on things and report any sign of neglect. That said, even if you are alert and attentive to your family member's needs, you simply cannot be there 24 hours a day, and, therefore, may not recognize signs of trouble until it's too late.
Helping your immediate family member seek justice against nursing home abuse is a noble and righteous cause. An experienced personal injury attorney can help simplify the process and obtain as swift and satisfactory a result as possible by acting on your loved one's behalf to file an injury claim in a civil court.