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Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing Home Negligence

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
  • Bedsores
  • Injuries from a fall
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Withdrawn behavior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!

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