What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

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What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a common type of nursing home abuse. Neglect occurs when the nursing home fails to provide a resident with the care and assistance they need to maintain the best quality of life possible, to manage chronic health conditions, and to keep them safe from preventable health conditions.

While neglect is preventable, it is not always intentional. If nursing home staff do not follow all prescribed treatments and provide the necessary services to keep residents from preventable physical harm, pain, or emotional harm, this is neglect.

Identifying the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect can happen in a variety of ways. Often, residents do not get their medications as prescribed or the services they need as often as they need them. This could include help with activities of daily living, toileting, and other necessary assistance. 

Some signs of neglect in an aging senior include:

  • Dehydration unrelated to known illnesses
  • Unchecked infections of the skin
  • Malnutrition, unexplained changes in weight
  • Pressure sores
  • Unsanitary conditions, such as soiled clothing and bed sheets
  • Missed medication, or too much medicine
  • Unexplained death

Causes of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is not always deliberate. This sets it apart from other types of nursing home abuse. In many cases, caring and compassionate nurses and caretakers want to do what is best for every resident but cannot. They do not have enough time to go around or enough properly trained help to get the job done.

Neglect occurs when the facility administration behaves negligently and does not take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of residents. Common causes include:

  • Overcrowding
  • Understaffing
  • Untrained or poorly trained staff

Often a combination of these factors exacerbates the problem. In many cases, nursing home administrators may also try to save money by hiring untrained staff and then ask them to do jobs they are not trained or supposed to do, such as handling medications and related tasks meant for a nurse.

You Can Seek Justice for Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Neglect

You may qualify to pursue legal action against the nursing home and its administrators if your loved one suffered injuries because of neglect. Call 215-642-2335 today to discuss your loved one’s case with a nursing home abuse attorney. Your attorney can help you understand your options for getting the justice your loved one deserves.

In a nursing home abuse and neglect case, you may be able to recover compensation for your loved one through an out-of-court settlement or court verdict. This could cover damages such as:

  • Medical care
  • Emotional therapy
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Wrongful death damages, if applicable

Nursing home abuse and neglect are common, but that does not mean it is acceptable. If you believe your loved one was a victim of nursing home neglect or another type of abuse, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at 215-642-2335. We can help

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