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What does Nursing Home Neglect Look Like?


When placing a loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home, one’s hope is that they will receive thorough care from a certified nurse that not only has the knowledge in their mind, but care in their heart. But unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here are some tell-tale signs, for family members to be aware of that could help save your loved one from being a victim nursing home abuse.

One of those tell-tale signs of a neglectful nursing home is the smell of the facility. Sometimes residents of nursing homes will have issues with incontinence and are incapable of getting to and from the bathroom without assistance. Helping the residents with this bodily issue is one of many responsibilities a nursing home staff has, as well as changing bed pans, clothing, and bed linens after they have been soiled. If the staff members responsible for these patients are not fulfilling their duties, a foul odor will be present throughout the senior care facility.


Another sign of a negligent nursing home is the behavior of the staff members. Do they seem helpful and attentive to the patients? Are they engaging in tasks that have nothing to do with their jobs like socializing, on their phones, or taking breaks as they please? The measure of any competent and careful health care facility is their work ethic. If you should you spot careless and lazy employees, be sure to inform the facility and call a Louisiana medical malpractice attorney right away.  


If you have observed anything that appears to be negligent you should listen to your instincts and call your Baton Rouge medical malpractice attorney, Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers. We’re dedicated soldiers in the fight against all forms of nursing home neglect and abuse. Call us today to see how we can help you.