7 Types of Nursing Home Injuries and How to Identify Them
When you make the decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, you want them to receive excellent care. Unfortunately, not all loved ones do, and some even experience abuse in nursing homes. There are several different kinds of abuse, and many of them result in injuries. Here are 7 types of nursing home injuries to look out for and how to identify them:
1. Sprains or Fractures
Sprains and fractures are common injuries in nursing homes. While sometimes accidents do happen when residents are up and moving around, they should not happen frequently or be in a situation where the accident can’t be adequately explained.
2. Bruises and Scratches
Common types of nursing home injuries to look out for are bruises and scratches. While it is possible for people to accidentally bump into something, this could be a warning sign of physical abuse, especially if the bruises and scratches are in an unusual or suspicious place on the body.
3. Bed Sores
For residents that are bed bound, they may develop bed sores. These injuries occur due to unrelieved pressure to the skin, meaning they aren’t moved for long periods of time.
Due to ongoing medical conditions and weak immune systems, residents in nursing homes are more likely to get infections. These can include UTIs, respiratory infections, STIs, and more. Infections can occur absent abuse, however, staff members are required to take the necessary steps to prevent infections and treat existing infections in a timely manner. If these steps aren’t taken, it is considered abuse.
5. Malnutrition or Dehydration
Although malnutrition and dehydration can happen due to other issues in a nursing home, they can also be a result of nursing home abuse. They can occur because of neglecting to assist the resident with eating and drinking, not monitoring food and drink intake, medical neglect, and social and emotional neglect.
Another common nursing home injury is a concussion. This is a head injury caused by trauma to the brain, and it can occur from falls or blows to the head. They can result in long-term health effects. Symptoms of concussions may be confused with mental issues, but they include confusion, complaints of headaches and neck pain, slowing of thinking, and mood swings.
7. Anxiety or Depression
Although the rest of these nursing home injuries are physical, elderly patients can sustain emotional and psychological abuse injuries too. Due to emotional abuse, residents can develop anxiety or depression from being yelled at or verbally insulted.
How to Identify Nursing Home Abuse
Since you know about the most common nursing home injuries, you should know how you identify that these injuries are sustained from neglect. All physical injuries must be reported at the facility, and if they are classified as unknown injuries, it may be a sign of abuse. If the injuries are suspicious due to their severity, where the injuries are on the body, or the number of injuries observed at one point in time or over a period of time, this may be a sign of abuse. For emotional abuse, the resident may have a sudden change from normal behavior, be afraid of their caregiver, appear withdrawn, and much more.
Now you know more about types of nursing home injuries and how to identify them. Do you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse? Contact one of our personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case.