How To Spot a Negligent Nursing Home

The decision to put your loved one into a nursing home is a difficult one. Once they have gotten to the point where living alone is too dangerous, most people don’t have the time or ability to adequately care for their loved one. However, the difficulty of this decision goes beyond love, to considerations of abuse and negligent care.

Negligence is rampant in nursing homes, and the last thing you want is to subject your loved one to awful treatment. Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel is a leading team of Washington nursing home abuse attorneys, and we are always striving to help keep people from peril. That’s why we’ve put together this overview to help spot negligent nursing homes.


The most obvious case of a negligent nursing home is when the nursing home staff is actively abusing your loved one. Most glaring among instances of abuse is physical abuse. Horrifying as it may sound, this is more common than you’d like to imagine. From active abuse like punching, kicking and pinching, to improper use of restraints, there is a wide range of physical abuse to watch out for. 

While less visible than physical abuse, it’s also important to keep an eye out for emotional abuse, and even sexual abuse, of your loved one. Keeping an open line of communication with your loved one is the best way to stay abreast of these issues. However, many nursing home residents are less than coherent, so contact a nursing home negligence attorney if you suspect your loved one is being abused.

Nursing Home Neglect 

In the same vein as emotional and sexual abuse, nursing home neglect can also be more difficult to spot than active physical abuse. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of nursing home neglect, so you can spot instances where your loved one isn’t getting the care they deserve. Look out for areas of neglect like:

These are vital to recognize because, while not outwardly hostile like abuse, neglect can be just as damaging to your loved one’s physical and mental health.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys 

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected by a negligent care facility, contact Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel for your free consultation today. Our team of caring and experienced nursing home negligence attorneys work with you to get the justice you deserve, for the ones you love the most.