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Nursing Home Care: Mental Health Should Continue to Be Evaluated

While the CDC reports that around 1.5 million US citizens currently live in nursing homes, around 10 million patients need some type of service to help them with long-term care.. Unfortunately, with nearly 16,000 facilities in the US and a high turnover rate, infractions regarding neglect and abuse are far too common—and some are very serious. If you are a victim of nursing home abuse or suspect a loved one may be, consult with a nursing home neglect attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. as soon as possible.

Because so many nursing homes are understaffed, patients may not be getting the attention necessary to monitor their mental health. It is normal for patients to have adjustment issues upon entering a nursing home, and this may continue for an extended time.

Patients who are being subjected to abuse may begin to show symptoms emotionally, with psychological issues such as depression. They may become angry and lash out (this is quite understandable if they are being abused) or they may simply withdraw. These are serious issues that need to be monitored and addressed. If you are visiting a loved one and noticing changes, speak up right away.

If you are able to monitor the nursing home patient you may be concerned about, watch for symptoms such as disinterest in eating, a sudden lack of grooming such as brushing hair, teeth, and changing clothes (if they still do these things on their own). Patients are often afraid to speak out if they are in a neglectful or abusive situation, so it is critical to watch for any unusual or changed behavior on their part.

If you are in the process of looking for a nursing home, ask for access to their ‘track record,’ and inquire as to whether there is a backlog on any pending investigations. If you are dealing with an injured loved one, do not go it alone! Call for legal assistance immediately.

With over 30 years of experience in accidental and personal injury practice, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled nursing home neglect attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.