Nursing home abuse is a heinous crime that encompasses several different types of abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual, financial, neglect, and abandonment. Learn how to identify and report nursing home neglect so you know how to protect your elderly loved one.
What is Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home neglect occurs when the elderly person’s caregiver does not try to respond to the senior’s needs. It involves denying the elderly person the essential qualities of life, including food, water, clothing, shelter, medicine, and more.
While nursing home neglect can happen to any nursing home resident, it’s more likely to happen to elders who do not have family or friends nearby and those with disabilities, memory problems, or dementia.
Each type of nursing home abuse has unique warning signs. Read up on the following warning signs of nursing home neglect so you can report the abuse and hold responsible parties accountable:
Lack of basic hygiene or clothing for the elderly person
Lack of adequate food or water for the elderly person
Missing medical treatments or medications
Being left in bed for extended periods of time without supervision
Hazardous or unclean living conditions
Severe pressure sores or ulcers
If you suspect your relative is being neglected in their nursing home, bring it to the attention of the facility’s staff immediately. If you directly witness abuse, contact the authorities. Law enforcement can launch an investigation and prevent any additional abuse from occurring.
If you have brought your suspicions to the attention of the nursing home’s staff and your relative’s situation has not improved, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you and your loved one obtain justice.
At DiPasquale Moore, we’re prepared to take this fight on your behalf. We have a proven track record of success and a dedication to providing all clients with the high-quality legal representation they deserve.
Contact us today at (816) 888-7500 to learn how we can assist you.