Recently the Colonial Hills Nursing Home was forced to close after losing its Medicare and Medicaid contract because of six violations with the Tennessee Health Department. The nursing home is now being faced with from the families of some of the former patients. In one case, the family of Bettye Martin filed a wrongful death lawsuit in May claiming that she suffered from injuries, neglect, and poor hygiene that led to her death.
In another case, the family of Zelma Lou Gibson filed a nursing home abuse lawsuit in January which alleges medical negligence which caused injuries that eventually led to diminished physical and mental abilities. The Life Care Centers of America which ran the nursing home stated that, “At Life Care Centers of America, residents are our highest priority. We strive to provide a homelike atmosphere in each Life Care center,” in response to these and other lawsuits.
Cases just like this one occur all too often in Tennessee as well as all over the United States. Many people do not know what signs of abuse and neglect to look for until it is too late. Here is a list of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect so that you can help make sure your loved ones are being properly cared for. Nursing home abuse is physical, emotional or just plain neglect. Some of the physical signs include:
• Bed sores • Falls that occur with no explanation • Dehydration
• Loss of Weight • No appetite • Wounds, bruises, broken bones
Some of the emotional signs of abuse and plain neglect include:
• Behavioral changes
• Unexplained or unusual behavior • Withdrawn behavior or an unwillingness to communicate • Poor hygiene • Skin sores or discoloring
• Medication being withheld or an excess given • Unsanitary conditions • Poor diet • Lack of needed assistance
Knowing these signs can help you be prepared to report abuse and make sure the ones you care about are getting the care they need.
If you feel that someone you care about has shown any of the signs of abuse or neglect listed above, then we strongly recommend that you contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee nursing home neglect lawyers immediately. We care about our clients and will work with you to make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to for what you have been through.
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