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How can neglect affect a nursing home resident?

As you deal with finding a nursing home for your loved one and helping him or her settle into their new life, you may begin to notice signs of neglect as time goes on.

Since people tend to need more help for physical and emotional issues as they age, being able to notice neglect is important.

Changes in personal hygiene

According to the National Academy of Sciences, increasingly dirty clothes or an unwashed face can signal that the staff does not take time to help your loved one. Basic tasks like cleaning your teeth or brushing your hair can be hard for someone who is older.

The way your loved one’s room looks and how clean it is can help you determine if neglect is happening. If the room is dirty and your loved one seems to show signs of emotional or psychological distress, then it may come from a continual lack of hygiene.

Missed medicines

Taking medications on time in the correct dosage is also important, and many elderly people need a staff member who will remind them or help them. Some residents may take the wrong dosage or even the wrong medicine entirely if they receive no assistance. This can cause serious health-related repercussions in a short amount of time.

Lack of food and water

If your loved one constantly talks about feeling dehydrated or has a rumbling stomach fairly often, then they may not get enough to eat or drink. Staff members who do not serve food or help residents get enough water during the day are often neglectful. Knowing the ways that neglect can happen can help you take steps to keep your elderly loved one safe.