Sudden memory loss or periods of forgetfulness in nursing home patients can indicate a few different things. Medications, changing nature of illness, and advancing dementia can all cause memory loss and forgetfulness. But extreme mental anguish can also cause a nursing home patient to exhibit symptoms of memory loss and forgetfulness. Since memory loss and forgetfulness can signal nursing home abuse, it must be considered as a possible cause. If your loved one is unable, or unwilling, to try to explain what is occurring, speak to the nursing home staff about your concerns.
If nursing home staff or your loved one’s doctors seem unconcerned or unwilling to help, then it’s time to step up your investigation and consult with a nursing home abuse attorney who can provide you with helpful guidelines in determining whether your loved one has been victimized.
In addition to sudden memory loss and periods of forgetfulness, also watch for other signs of abuse and negligence, including anxiety, irritability, tendency to frighten easily, and other sudden shifts in personality and demeanor.
Physical signs should be taken into consideration, as well, including evidence of physical trauma in any form, which includes the presence or worsening of bedsores and weight loss.
If you notice your loved one is suffering from recurrent memory loss and nursing home abuse, in your mind, could be the cause, call our office for assistance to speak to an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Our experienced lawyers can help you get to the root of the issue and determine whether your loved one may be entitled to restitution for any abuse or neglect by the nursing home staff or others.