NURSING HOME NEGLECT

 

When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we expect them to be well cared for.  We expect the nursing home staff and nurses to provide the level of attention and care that we could not. Unfortunately, this is not the case.  

 

Nursing home neglect is all too common in senior care facilities. Although they share some similar characteristics, nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are not the same things. Nursing home abuse implies motive and intent for the mistreatment, whereas nursing home neglect refers to failing to maintain the proper duties allotted to the patient.  The elder abuse attorneys at The Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A.,  are here to ensure that your loved is treated with respect and dignity.  Call us at 239-334-1600, today for a free case review.

 

FORMS OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT

Like abuse, there are many types of nursing home neglect. From forgetting to deliver water to not checking for critical medical conditions, neglect is damaging to the patient.

 

Some types of nursing home neglect include:

  • Neglecting basic needs

  • Neglecting personal hygiene of the patient

  • Neglecting medical care

  • Neglecting emotional needs

  • Neglecting social needs

 

Older individuals need extra care and attention for their basic needs. Nursing home patients may have lost their ability to perform basic necessities such as washing or feeding themselves. That is why they are in a nursing home. If the nurses and staff do not pay attention to these details, the patients are adversely affected.

 

SIGNS OF NURSING HOME NEGLECT

There are many things that can happen if your loved one in a nursing home is neglected. Whether it is physical or emotionally traumatic, neglect has lasting effects. There are certain signifiers you can look for if you suspect the nursing home staff is being negligent.

 

Some warning signs include:

  • The patient has formed bedsores

  • The patient suffers from dehydration or malnutrition

  • Withdrawn or cold behavior

  • Falls or injuries due to unkempt facilities

  • Depression and isolation

 

At the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A., we understand the importance of caring for our loved ones. By state law, nursing homes have an obligation to respond to the needs of their patients.

 

If you believe your loved one is suffering from nursing home negligence, contact our nursing home neglect attorneys at the Law Offices of Dennis L. Webb, P.A., today for a free consultation.