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Would you recognize the signs of nursing home neglect?

Every day, Pennsylvania residents come to the heart-wrenching realization that their elderly family members are no longer able to care for themselves. They decide to move them into a nursing home in the hopes that they will receive the care they need in order to enjoy the time they have left. Sadly, you cannot always judge a book by its cover, and sometimes, nursing home neglect is a carefully -- or not so carefully -- hidden secret.

The question then becomes how to recognize if your loved one is being neglected or abused. It might seem insensitive or intrusive, but a cursory examination of your loved one when you visit could reveal signs of neglect or abuse. Look for unexplained bruises, bedsores or abrasions. If your loved one appears withdrawn or dehydrated, those could also be signs. Some nursing homes will over medicate their residents or have a high instance of residents who fall.

Any of these signs should be taken seriously and not brushed off as accidents. If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the care that you were promised or would expect, it might be time to contact an attorney. Pennsylvania nursing homes are required to meet certain standards of care, and if your loved one is not receiving that care, then other residents might not be either.

Depending on the circumstances, it might be possible to file a lawsuit based on nursing home neglect or abuse. The more light that is shed on the way that the elderly are treated in some homes, the more likely it is that those residents will be saved from that type of environment. Furthermore, damages might be awarded that could help repair the damage done, if possible, and find your aging family member another place to live.

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