You check in on your mother regularly because you know that her age has made it difficult for her to do things on her own. You have her in a local nursing home, but you find that you often have to bring things to her or help her while you’re there.

The around-the-clock visits can’t go on forever, though, and you’re tired of asking for help and waiting 30 or 40 minutes before someone shows up. Does this constitute abuse? Is it malpractice?

A few of the common signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Pressure sores
  • Elopement
  • Changes in behavior
  • Falls, head injuries, fractures
  • Dehydration

If your mother is not getting the support she needs when you’re not there, you may notice signs like these. When you’re there, the staff may feel that she doesn’t need as much monitoring, and that’s something you should talk to them about. However, if you see that she is developing pressure sores or has been hurt as a result of a lack of attention, then the nursing home could be accused of negligence.

What should you do if you find out your loved one falls in a nursing home or falls ill from negligence?

It is important to find out what happened and to work to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That may mean removing your loved one from the nursing home or considering a lawsuit against the facility. Every situation is different, so it would be a good idea to discuss your case with someone with legal knowledge. If nursing home abuse or neglect is on your radar, you need to talk to someone who is neutral in the situation and get their opinion. Your attorney can help you understand your options.