Nursing homes and elder care facilities are places that are supposed to
take care of elderly loved ones, but sadly abuse and negligence is widespread.
While abuse is the intent to harm a resident, negligence is defined as
a breach of duty or form of care that results in harm to a resident. When
this occurs, a personal injury suit may be filed.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can vary, but there are four common types of neglect:
Emotional or social neglect: When a resident is ignored or left alone
Personal hygiene neglect: When a resident does not receive adequate help with bathing, brushing
their teeth and using the restroom
Basic needs neglect: When a resident is not provided with reasonable amounts of food, water,
and other necessities
Medical neglect: When a resident is not given adequate attention or medication for medical
concerns such as bed sores, cuts and mobility
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Identifying nursing home neglect warning signs can be difficult because
there may not be any physical signs present. Additionally, behavioral
changes are best identified when a family member regularly visits, which
isn’t always the case.
Below are a few warning signs to look out for:
- Sudden weight loss
- Injuries from a fall
- Withdrawn behavior
- Changes in personal hygiene
If you believe your loved one or family member is being neglected, the
nursing home or care facility and its staff can be held accountable for
their actions. A negligence suit may be brought if there is a failure
to provide a reasonably safe environment or maintain adequate health and
safety policies. Consult with one of our
Greenville nursing home abuse lawyers to learn more today!
Call Christian & Davis LLC at
(864) 408-8890 or contact us online
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