Poor Hygiene in Nursing Homes
If you showed up at your loved one’s nursing home or assisted living facility and discovered uncharacteristic signs of poor hygiene, it is natural for you to be concerned. Perhaps your mother, father, husband or wife previously took good care of herself or himself by:
- Brushing teeth regularly
- Taking baths or showers, washing face and hands, cleaning up well after going to the bathroom
- Wearing deodorant, perfume and/or cologne
- Keeping hair and nails well-groomed
- Possibly wearing jewelry, hair adornments or similar accessories
- Paying attention to his or her appearance and presentation in daily life
Now, however, after having been a resident for a period of time in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you notice these signs of self-care going by the wayside. Your loved one may appear disheveled or exhibit foul odors. Bed sores, bruises or skin tears may have developed in addition to the appearances of poor self-care. He or she may be obviously uninterested in the same level of grooming and hygiene as was customary before living in the care facility.
Is Your Loved One’s Poor Hygiene In A Nursing Home A Sign Of Nursing Home Neglect?
Perhaps your loved one fell, became inexplicably ill with sepsis and had to be hospitalized, or eloped — and now, looking back, you realize the signs of poor hygiene were developing. You may wonder if there is a connection. Was the poor hygiene a warning sign of abuse and neglect? Was the fall or sudden illness actually another outcome of the same disturbing trends?
The Chicago area law firm of Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., can discuss your observations with you and make recommendations. Our experienced nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers have a great deal of experience representing individuals and families in elder abuse cases. We can devise a strategy for getting the answers and relief that you seek. Your loved one and/or close family members may be entitled to financial relief. In addition, we can help you pursue legal remedies such as enforced changes in procedure at the care facility where you observed signs of abuse and neglect.