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4 signs that could indicate nursing home neglect

When it comes time to place a loved in a Phoenix nursing facility, you could find yourself constantly worrying about the care they will receive. For example, if you are thinking about moving your mother to a nursing home, you could worry that the staff will not give her the proper medication or that she may not like the food or even that she will be lonely. That is why it is important to visit several facilities before choosing one for her new home and then to visit regularly to ensure she is receiving the care and treatment she needs.

When you are planning to move a loved one into a nursing home, it is vital that you know some of the more common signs of neglect. Here are some red flags of nursing home neglect that you should watch for when touring facilities and when visiting loved ones.


While most nursing homes do have a wide variety of strange odors, most of these smells are unavoidable and might be related to the medications or special diets of the residents. However, if the smell of stale urine is strong, this could indicate that the staff is not properly cleaning the facility. If the cleaning services are subpar, there could be other things going on in the nursing home that are neglectful.

Overworked staff

One of the biggest causes of nursing home neglect is overworked staff. For many facilities, it is difficult to stay fully staffed. This means that many staff members are working overtime or even double shifts on a regular basis. This, in turn, could lead to staff not taking proper care of the patients because they either do not have time to sufficiently attend to every resident on their rotation or they are utterly exhausted.

Signs of bruising

As people age, it does not take much to produce a bruise. Even a light bump against the nightstand could be enough to produce a fairly ugly bruise. However, if you see bruises on residents that are in the shape of fingers or full handprints, then there could be abuse occurring within the facility.

Unexplained bedsores

Even though there are some patients who may develop bedsores due to lack of mobility, if a patient who is able to get up and move around has bedsores, this could be a sign of negligence. The staff may not be getting the residents up so that they can move about the nursing home or leaving bedridden residents in one position for too long. Even those who are confined to their beds need to be moved regularly to increase circulation and avoid bedsores.

The above signs could indicate that there is a problem in your loved one's nursing home. If you suspect nursing home neglect, it is important to take action immediately. You may even be able to file a claim on behalf of your loved one for any injuries or other damages they suffered because of nursing home neglect or abuse.

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