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What Are the Most Common Nursing Home Injuries?

When it comes to choosing a nursing home, assisted-living, or retirement home for your elderly parent, the more you learn about the facility the better. If you do not screen homes carefully, your loved one could find her or himself living in a place where the most basic of needs are not met. 

A case involving nursing home negligence does not always result in minor injuries. When a nursing home resident suffer abuse or neglect, the resident must endure untold suffering and pain. Many victims die before help can arrive. Before you and your elderly parent choose a facility, consider the most common types of abuse and neglect your loved one may be exposed to. 


Many seniors have different health care needs. When they do not receive proper medical care, medications and assistance with their basic needs, their health suffers and their bodies become more susceptible to infections. Some seniors who suffer infections succumb to sepsis. 

Poor Hygiene 

Some nursing homes and assisted-living facilities residents rely on staff and caregivers to help them bathe, clothe, relieve and feed themselves. Without their assistance, they cannot maintain good hygiene and a clean appearance. Living with poor hygiene can lead to emotional and physical issues and a poor quality of life. 


Many older people have specialized dietary needs that must be met for them to stay healthy. Nursing homes are supposed to meet those requirements, but when they do not, residents become malnourished, dehydrated and unhealthy. 

Pressure Sores 

Some individuals are not capable of twisting and flexing their bodies enough so they can get in and out of their beds, chairs and change positions. Nursing home staff must massage and change the physical positions of residents often to prevent pressure ulcers and bedsores from developing. 

These and other types of abuse and neglect suffered by nursing home residents often stem from negligence by the management. The onsite managers of the facility and corporate management may fail in their duty of care through:

    • Failure to properly screen employees during the hiring process
    • Failure to train and properly supervise employees
    • Failure to take corrective action when abuse or neglect happens
    • Inadequate staffing levels

    One of the most important things you can to lower your loved one's of becoming a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect is to stay aware of their health and mental condition at all times. You should also keep the above injuries in mind so you know can recognize a problem and take action before a tragedy occurs.

    If your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a care facility, or if he or she has died as the result of negligence, legal action may be possible. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more.

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