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What You Should Never See in a Nursing Home

Your mother had a stroke and has reached a point where she needs a level of care that you just can’t provide. You are planning to tour various senior homes in the Boise area, but you don’t know what questions to ask or what to look for. Obviously, you want to provide her with the best care, but how do you go about which facility is going to be the best?

Sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect is common, and the victims are often helpless. In fact, a study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse found that of more than 2,000 nursing home residents, 44 percent of them had been abused and 95 percent had been or had seen others being neglected. Additionally, the same study revealed that 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating patients.

Signs You Should Find a New Nursing Home

There are some things you should never see in a nursing home, and when you do, it’s time to find a new one. If you see any of the following conditions when touring a facility, or visiting a loved one who is already a resident, it’s time to ask some serious questions or to just move on to the next facility on your list:

  • Abandoned patients. Hearing the cries of a patient that go unanswered, or walking by a person in a wheelchair who is facing a wall or is alone in a hallway are signs that the nursing home is understaffed or has employees who don’t provide the proper care.
  • Smell of urine. Foul smells are indicative of a staff that can’t keep residents clean and safe. Providing basic hygiene and sanitary conditions should be at the top of the list for nursing home caregivers, and a strong urine smell indicates they are not.
  • Bickering staff. A staff that bickers with each other or its patients is never good, particularly in a nursing home setting. The staff should always remain professional and should never engage in arguments with the patients.

Stand Up for Your Loved One

If you believe your loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse or negligence, the Morton Law Offices may be able to help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to find out how at 208.344.5555, toll free at 888.716.8021 or by completing an online contact form


Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer