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What can nursing home neglect look like?

Plenty of New Mexican residents like you trust nursing homes to treat your loved ones with respect, kindness, and care. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. Harvey & Foote Law Firm are here to help if you believe your loved one has suffered due to the neglectful actions or behavior of staff at their nursing home.

Nursing home neglect differs from abuse in numerous ways, but shares similarities as well. For example, neglect can be intentional or unintentional. However abuse is usually intentional, and done with a malicious motivation in mind. Neglect can take many different forms, which is a similarity shared with abuse.

Knowing how to identify signs of neglect is one of the key points in order to act quickly to combat it. This can be difficult though, as signs of neglect can differ wildly from case to case and may be hard to pick up on. They can include physical issues such as:

  • Bedsores
  • Emaciation
  • Skin irritation
  • A lapse in hygiene or cleanliness
  • Bruises, cuts or abrasions

Mental symptoms can also begin to show. Victims of neglect can become reclusive, snappish, or irritable. They may show signs of anxiety or depression, or suffer from other changes in their behavior or personality.

If you suspect your loved one is the victim of neglect at their nursing home, you may want to act quickly. Consider talking to one of our experienced attorneys if you would like to take legal action. You can also check out our webpage on issues in nursing homes so you can read more about the signs and how people handle them.

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