What are signs of nursing home neglect or abuse?Return to FAQ Videos
To believe that your loved one in a nursing home is being abused where you have entrusted their care can be gut wrenching. It is important for you to look for some telltale signs. One, look for decubitus ulcers. Those are bed sores. Look on their back, look at their buttocks, look at the heels of their feet, look at both of their hip areas where they may be lying on one side or the other. You want to also check to see if the water pitcher is still full, but no water in the cup. If the food is still on the food tray and it has not been eaten. That may go to dehydration and malnutrition. Check for the smell. A smell of vomit, a smell of urine, a smell of feces … Goes to cleanliness. Check to see whether or not the roommate has anything to say if your loved one has a roommate. Listen to what your loved one is telling you, and just be vigilant for all of the signs that you think are important.