When people place their family members in nursing homes, they likely don’t expect for them to get neglected. Unfortunately, however, it happens more frequently than you may think. If you believe that your loved one has experienced neglect in a nursing home, you should get in touch with a lawyer from Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers. If you’re wondering what constitutes neglect in a nursing home, the following information should be helpful.
Although neglect might not seem as severe as physical abuse, it still comes with serious consequences. One of the most common types of neglect in a nursing home is medical neglect. This may include not administering medications on time, failing to move residents with limited mobility and not recognizing signs of infections and illnesses.
Other types of neglect include emotional neglect and hygiene neglect.
At first, it may not be obvious that your family member is experiencing neglect in a nursing home. However, if you know what warning signs to look for, you may be able to figure out if your loved one is not being taken care of properly. If your family member, for example, has lost a considerable amount of weight lately or has poor hygiene, it is a cause for concern. Additional signs of neglect include bedsores, unexplained bruises and broken bones and personality changes.
Nursing home neglect may negatively affect a person’s physical and emotional health. Those who have been neglected may develop a number of health issues, like dehydration, anemia, fatigue and dental problems. They may also suffer depression, anxiety, loneliness, sleep loss and other mental health issues.
Many people can’t imagine why nursing home staff members would subject residents to neglect. However, it happens. One of the most common causes of this is not enough staff. Nursing staff members have to tend to many residents and may not have enough time to give them the attention they need. These staff members may also eventually suffer burnout and stop taking care of residents as well as they should.
If your family member is the victim of nursing home neglect, should schedule a consultation with a lawyer from Davis & Brusca Trial Lawyers as soon as possible.