Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes should be places of care and community for your elderly relatives and friends. However, according to a survey performed by the National Center on Elder Abuse, almost 24% of older adults suffer from caregiver neglect.
Older people who cannot take care of themselves are forced to rely on other people to keep them safe and healthy. When a person needs the assistance of a nursing home, he or she may not be able to provide the following for himself or herself:
- Personal hygiene
- Financial resources
Thus, elder neglect can be refusing to pay or take care of a person as well as failing to provide attend to their basic needs. This can lead to secondary problems as well. For example, older people who are disabled or not strong enough to get themselves out of bed may be left with bedsores, as well as stuck lying in their own excrement if they cannot get up and go to the bathroom. This can spread diseases and infection.
An elderly person may be threatened with injury or more neglect if he or she tells someone about the neglect. Thus, it is good to recognize other signals of nursing home mistreatment. Signs of nursing home neglect include the following:
- Untreated health conditions
- Unsanitary or unclean living area
When you leave your elderly loved ones in the hands of a nursing home, you should expect them to be treated with respect and kindness. However, this may not happen. If you or someone you know has suffered from nursing home neglect, you should consult a lawyer about your rights.