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Signs your loved one’s nursing home is cutting corners

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2023 | Health Care Crimes |

According to A Place For Mom, more than 1.3 million adults live in nursing homes in the United States. Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a decision made with trust and the hope that they will receive the best care. However, sometimes nursing homes cut corners, which can negatively impact the quality of care your loved one receives.

It is important to recognize the signs of a facility that is not meeting the necessary standards of care. Being aware of these signs can ensure that your loved one is in a safe and caring environment.

Poor hygiene and cleanliness

A key sign is poor hygiene and cleanliness in the facility. If you notice that your loved one’s living space or the common areas are not clean, it could mean the facility is not prioritizing cleanliness. Bad odors, dirty floors or unclean bathrooms are red flags.


Understaffing is a common issue in nursing homes that are cutting corners. If you notice that staff members are always rushed, or there seems to be a lack of staff for the number of residents, it can lead to inadequate care for your loved one.

Unexplained injuries or health issues

If your loved one has unexplained injuries, bruises or health issues that seem to come out of nowhere, it could be a sign of neglect or inadequate supervision. Pay attention to any sudden changes in their health or well-being.

Changes in behavior

Noticeable changes in your loved one’s behavior can be a sign of poor care. If they seem withdrawn, upset or less communicative than usual, it might be because they are not receiving the care and attention they need.

It is important to address any concerns immediately to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved one. Remember, you have the right to ask questions and demand the highest standard of care for those you care about. Being proactive and attentive can make a significant difference in the quality of life for your loved one in a nursing home.