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Walner Law Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

Our loved ones enter nursing homes when they are at their most vulnerable and need the very best care and attention. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not live up to the promises they make when you decide to place your loved one in their care. Nursing home abuse can mean pain and suffering for your loved one, and neglect is a very real form of abuse.

 

 

Neglect

It does not take outright physical violence to cause serious physical harm. Neglect can cause rapidly declining health leading to permanent damage or even death. Simple lack of supervision can lead to a fatal accident.

Neglect includes, but it not limited to failure to provide:

  • Adequate nutrition
  • Adequate hydration
  • Supervision
  • Hygiene
  • Assistance with bathroom needs
  • Clean clothing and bedding
  • Medical care
  • Medications
  • Protection from safety hazards

Residents typically do not report neglect. Some are afraid or unable. Some simply do not recognize it themselves.

 

Proper care in a nursing home may seem to some like excessive pampering, but it is not. Residents must have water available at all times, even if that means a staff member has to come to the room frequently to hold the glass. Residents must be supervised at all times to prevent nursing home accidents and injuries. And so much more.

When you visit the staff may seem very attentive and helpful, but they may simply be on their best behavior because you are there observing. Be on the lookout for signs of neglect such as weight loss, bedsores, poor hygiene, dehydration, sunburn, injuries, infections, and unsanitary conditions.

Abuse

Neglect is not the only type of mistreatment that your loved one may experience in a nursing home. While neglect is often unintentional, some nursing home staff members or other residents commit more direct, intentional abuse including mental or emotional abuse, physical abuse, and even sexual abuse.

Although abuse may be the result of a single person acting alone, it is often facilitated by a lack of supervision or screening of employees and residents by the nursing home.