There are nearly two million Americans that currently live in long term care facilities. And while many of these facilities do indeed provide proper care for the elderly, there are just as many that do not.
According to Federal nursing home regulations, residents of long term care facilities, also referred to as nursing homes, have the right to be free from involuntary seclusion, corporal punishment, and all forms of verbal, physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
The regulations state that nursing home abuse is any intentional infliction of injury, deprivation, intimidation, or confinement that leads to harm or anguish, be it mental or physical.
If your loved one is currently living in a long term care facility, and you suspect abuse, here are a few signs to look for.
Rapid weight loss
Rapid weight gain
Signs of malnutrition
Sudden changes in behavior
These are just a few of the many signs of nursing home abuse in New Lenox to look out for. Please know that neglect is also considered a form of abuse under Federal nursing home regulations.
Neglect is defined as the failure to provide the needed care and services to ensure the resident remains free from harm and pain. If a resident is caused by harm or anxiety due to neglect, that is a crime.