Are changes in a loved one signs of neglect?

When you have a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you may worry about the care he or she is getting. It can be difficult to trust others will take good care of a loved one who may need a lot of attention and help. While most nursing homes are staffed with people who will be good to your loved one and offer him or her the care needed, there are cases when neglect may be an issue. One of the main signs of neglect, according to U.S. News and World Report, is a change in the person's personality or their physical abilities. However, such changes are not always a clear sign of neglect. 

If your loved one starts to change in the way he or she interacts with others or starts to become less physically able to move about or care for him or herself after moving into a nursing home, it could be a sign that he or she is not receiving proper care. However, it could also signal different medical conditions. It is important to assess your loved one's health before jumping to the conclusion he or she is not being taken care of.

Dementia, for example, can bring about major changes in a person. It could cause changes in personality or become withdrawn. At the same time, though, a person who is being abused or not having his or her basic needs taken care of may also exhibit such symptoms. 

The best way to determine what is happening is to have a doctor check over your loved one. In addition, you should observe the interactions between your loved one and the staff. Also, look for other signs of neglect and abuse, such as weight loss or unexplained injuries. This information is for education and is not legal advice. 

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