Unlike nursing home abuse, in which a caregiver intentionally harms a patient, nursing home neglect implies that the nursing home or its staff has provided sub-standard care to one of its patients. Nursing home staff must exercise proper care of their patients. Failure to do so constitutes negligence. Nursing homes oftentimes fail to adequately staff their facilities, fail to train their employees properly, and put profits ahead of patient care even when doing so puts their vulnerable patients at risk.
Nursing home neglect can take one of several forms:
- Medical neglect - A nursing home must pay particular attention to the medical needs of its patients. Failure to do so can result in bedsores, injuries from falling, cognitive issues, diseases or infections.
- Financial neglect - Unexplained financial transactions, missing property, or unexplained and drastic changes in living arrangements.
- Emotional neglect - Often occurs when the patient is left alone for long periods of time or repeatedly ignored by nursing home staff.
- Basic needs neglect - Nursing homes must provide clean, safe facilities in which patients can have access to the basic needs of life: food, water, and sanitary conditions. Malnutrition can occur when meals are skipped or when meals lack proper nutrients.
- Hygiene neglect - Often, nursing home patients require assistance with basic hygiene. Overworked caregivers at understaffed nursing homes may not give proper attention to patients' hygienic needs, such as dental care, bathing and general cleanliness, and health maintenance.
Signs of Neglect
There are warning signs of neglect in nursing homes. These can include sudden and dramatic weight loss, bedsores, malnutrition, unexplained bruises, unsanitary or dirty living environments, isolation from others, depression, or open wounds.
If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from neglect at a nursing home, don't wait. Immediately alert the home's administration and document all concerns. If you believe that your loved one has been injured due to neglect, call the experienced attorneys at Revo Smith Law. We can help fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Please contact us for a free consultation.