One of the most common signs of nursing home neglect in Chandler, Arizona and throughout the U.S. is the appearance of bedsores, known medically as decubitus ulcers. Bedsores are often preventable and easily treated, yet they are one of the leading causes of death in developed countries for those in medical treatment. In the worst cases, bedsores may cover an elderly person’s body, and these preventable injuries very often signify elder abuse in a nursing home.
There are other cases in which elderly people are denied proper or enough food and water. Some elderly people in nursing homes even suffer from malnutrition or dehydration. While diagnosing such conditions requires a doctor, there are some signs and symptoms that a layperson may be able to recognize. If you have a loved one in a nursing home and think that staff may be denying food or water, it is important to know the symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition, and to follow up if you see any signs of either.
Poor personal hygiene can mean that an elderly person in a nursing home is not being attended to as he or she should, and it may be a sign that something much more serious is occurring.
We understand as experienced Chandler nursing home abuse attorneys that deal with nursing home neglect or injury that just because you see some signs that neglect may be occurring does not mean that it is. However, it is important to investigate such matters in order for your loved one to receive the best possible care in a nursing home or other long term care facility. By being vigilant, you will not only be helping your loved ones in nursing facilities, but also helping to prevent nursing home abuse or neglect in Chandler and throughout the state of Arizona.
If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Arizona, please contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. Call 602-978-6400 for a free, no-obligation consultation of your potential nursing home abuse, injury, or neglect case today.