We recommend you check early for any sign and never overlook even the slightest evidence of abuse or neglect in your loved ones. Unexplained injuries, undue deterioration in health and frequent abandonment may put a resident in danger.
The following fare important indications of nursing home neglect.
- Weight Loss
Residents suffer from weight loss in the absence of enough fluids and food. While a person may lose weight normally as he or she ages and becomes fragile, such a process can be slowed with care and medication. Therefore, any sudden weight loss within weeks of stay indicates nursing home negligence. Kentucky care centers often fail to employ adequate staff to administer timely and adequate nutrition and hydration. Lack of nutrition is key to loss of body muscles and disorders, such as cachexia or chronic reduction in physical and mental vitality and strength.
- Bruises and Falls
Bruises are an indication that something abnormal has happened, at least a self-inflicted injury. Ponder over what prompted the resident to injure himself or herself. Is he or she fed up with the attitude of staff or discomfort? Or was she injured while trying to do something she could not after numerous requests went ignored? The bruises may also due to excessive use of force on the victim. You must try to know the cause for the same and bring it to the notice of KY nursing home management. Also, make sure the bruises are treated medically.
Frequent falls are not only endangering the life of a resident, but also an indication that adequate care is lacking. It is the duty of caregivers to make a detailed treatment plan to prevent accidental fall of residents too fragile or disable to walk. Never let minor falls go unnoticed, they may perpetuate negligence and bigger accidents. If falls are frequent, employees at the nursing home are to blame for their negligence.
Bedsores or pressure ulcers develop when residents are forced to lie for long periods and not provided adequate nutrition and water. An unhygienic environment and unclean clothes and bed sheets can cause infectious bedsores that may lead to sepsis and death.
As soon as you notice red inflammations on the skin of a resident, ask caregivers to ensure proper treatment. This is the first stage of bedsores. When these ulcers reach stage four, they “eats through skin and muscle to expose bone” making one prone to infectious diseases.
- Use of Restraints
Check if nursing homes are using excessive physical and chemical restraints on residents. Using restraints without any need also raises questions on staff behavior. These devices include hand/leg/arm restraints, cuffs, and lap pillows that restrict residents to their bed. Prolonged lying down may cause bedsores and back pain.
- Staff Inattention
Staff inattention is both the biggest cause and most impactful consequence of nursing home negligence in Kentucky. Understaffing leads to stretched and stressful work schedule for caregivers who then unwillingly become negligent toward their duty. Passive behavior and inattention of such staff may become fatal for dementia patients or those with a severe disability.
Emergency needs of residents are not attended properly. Even there is no timely food or medication. They are left writhing in pain following accidents, as pain medication is not provided.
Most Reported Service Deficiencies
- Presence of negative environment and accident hazards
- No dedicated program to control infection
- No planned care for practicable well-being
- Unhygienic sanitary conditions
- No individual care plan
- Lack of adequate, professional staff
- In adequate medical services
- No employee screening method
- Use of unnecessary drugs, including sedatives
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