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Signs of potential neglect or abuse in a nursing home

If you have an elderly relative living in a nursing home in Georgia, you will know all too well the importance of knowing that they are being well taken care of. Numerous families make the decision every day to move a parent, grandparent or other family member into a care facility for the exact reason that living in such a place may offer the best opportunity for proper care. Unfortunately, there are situations when being in the very place designed to care for a person exposes them to being neglected or abused.

As explained by Next Avenue, family members should be on the lookout for any number of things that may signal potential abuse or neglect. One of these things is a change in the demeanor or psychological state of your relative living in the nursing home. If they are not being treated appropriately, they may become withdrawn or even depressed in a way that is out of character for them.

Physically, you may notice bruises or other injuries that do not make sense given their general condition. Other physical changes may be traced to lack of proper hydration or nutrition. Understaffing may also contribute to a resident not receiving good hygiene. Hair may be dirty or matted, nails may grow too long, teeth or dentures are not brushed or cleaned regularly. All of these may contribute to even bigger issues.

If you would like to learn more about how to help your loved one living in a nursing home to be safe and treated properly, please feel free to visit the elder care guidelines and warning signs page of our Georgia nursing home neglect and abuse website.

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