Answer: If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it is important for you to understand what constitutes abuse and neglect, and how to recognize the warning signs. Abuse and neglect comes in many different forms and may affect a resident physically, mentally and emotionally. The most important things to look for if you suspect abuse or worry about the welfare of your loved one include: falls, cuts and bruises, the development of bed sores, sudden weight loss, anxiety or agitate behavior, overmedication, poor hygiene, unsanitary conditions, or a sudden change in the resident’s disposition or behaviors. Residents and their families have a right to question a nursing home’s care decisions. If you believe a loved one is receiving substandard care in a nursing home, you should discuss their care plan with staff. If you suspect that your loved one has been seriously injured as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact a nursing home lawyer who can help you determine if you have a case against the facility.
Steven M. Levin, Esq., Co-Founder & Senior Partner
Levin & Perconti
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Illinois chapter
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