Those who are aging and suffer from certain medical conditions, ranging from degenerative brain diseases to conditions that affect mobility, may reach a point where they are unable to care for themselves. As such, the elderly person or/and the individual’s family members may decide that investing in nursing home care is the best decision for all parties.
Nursing homes certainly can–and often do–provide aging and ill patients with the quality care that they need and deserve. To be sure, great nursing homes can improve a resident’s quality of life, and aid with medical care, eating, movement, social interaction, and personal hygiene.
But nursing homes do not always provide residents with the level of care that they are entitled to. In fact, nursing home neglect and abuse are growing problems throughout the United States, with hundreds of thousands of nursing home residents suffering yearly. One sign of neglect and abuse that loved ones of those within a nursing home should look out for is poor hygiene. If you believe that poor hygienic care is taking place, we urge you to take action immediately. At the office of the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm LLC, our Minnesota nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers are here to help.
SIGNS OF POOR HYGIENIC CARE OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
Poor hygiene of a nursing home resident is one of the surest signs that nursing home neglect, or in some cases, nursing home abuse, is taking place. Examples of poor hygiene that are often indicative of neglect include:
- Fecal or urine odors;
- Greasy hair;
- Body odor;
- Visible signs of dirt or other debris;
- Unclean clothes;
- Dirty nails;
- Eye infections or crusting of the eyes;
- Bad breath or other signs of poor dental hygiene; and
- General appearance of being disheveled, i.e. uncombed hair, unshaved face, etc.
Poor hygiene can also be a sign of other conditions, such as depression, especially when the nursing home resident has the ability to perform self-grooming.