How do you know you need a nursing home patient advocate? As private healthcare advocates, we’re eager to educate you on signs that it’s time to give us a call. Too many people live in difficult and even illegal circumstances because they assume it’s normal or they don’t have a choice. We are here to change that! As members of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), we’re passionate about protecting the rights of nursing home residents, including you. Here are common signs that something isn’t right.

Emotional Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect aren’t always physical. The best nursing homes will tend to their residents’ physical and emotional needs, so if you or your loved one exhibits any of the signs below, your nursing home may not be fulfilling their duties under the law.

  • Agitation, refusal to communicate, extreme social withdrawal/isolation
  • Wandering, elopement
  • Reluctance to communicate when staff members are present
  • Sudden or unusual changes in behavior like biting, rocking, or fear of being touched

Physical Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

These signs are more for visiting relatives for identifying elder abuse. If you notice any of the signs exhibited by your loved one and have a hard time getting to the bottom of what is going on, give us a call.

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Bed sores (pressure ulcers)
  • Unexplained injuries like bruises, wounds, cuts, or welts
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss
  • Fractures or head injuries from falls

Facility Red Flags

These are the main signs of a troubled nursing home. If you’re touring or visiting a loved one, keep a sharp eye out for them and anything else that feels off. Even if you’re just a little suspicious, get in touch with us.

  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Surly or unhelpful staff
  • Unexplained/unexpected resident deaths

When it comes to nursing home services, you or your loved one have the legal right to a high level of nursing home quality of care. If you aren’t getting it, you are not in the wrong. Let us fight for you — contact us today.