When your loved one enters a nursing home, you rely on medical professionals to provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, some homes will breach your trust and your loved one could suffer negligence and abuse at the hands caregivers. 

In Texas, the Department of Aging and Disability Services regulate nursing homes and protect the rights of residents. Do you understand the rights of your loved one or how to identify abuse? 

Elder Rights 

According to Texas law, all elders have special protections and rights. Said rights include the right to dignity and respect and the right to be free from mental and physical abuse. No nursing home has the right to infringe on a person’s rights to fair, dignified treatment, regardless of race, religion, sex, nationality, disability or age. The elderly can make their own choices, and should not have to suffer from neglect, abuse or exploitation. 

Physical abuse includes physical or chemical restraints, as well as corporal punishment. Caregivers cannot discipline or restrain a person for convenience sake. Doctors can only restrain patients in an emergency or when a guardian gives informed consent. 

Elder injuries 

To identify nursing home injuries, you may notice: 

  • Bedsores 
  • Transport injuries 
  • Broken bones 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Dehydration 
  • Unexplained injuries 

Nursing home injuries are sadly common. Nursing home victims may be unable to speak for themselves or afraid to speak up. After all, in a nursing home, they may be vulnerable to the actions of others. 

If you suspect that a loved one is undergoing abuse or negligence, you owe it to him or her to initiate an investigation. More information on nursing home neglect is available on our web page.