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What is Nursing Home Neglect?

When we place our loved ones in a nursing home or care facility, we put a lot of trust in its staff and management. We expect our family members to be taken care of. When that trust is broken, it’s natural to be outraged.

If you suspect or know that your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse at a nursing home or care facility, it’s important to take legal action immediately. Contact your local Adult Protective Services (APS), or even 911. Then, contact Kahn Roven, LLP to get the legal advice you need to protect your family.

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Nursing home neglect is a type of elder abuse that is frequently overlooked and can lead to an elderly person's decline in health or death. There are many types of nursing home neglect, and it is very pervasive; however, it is often very difficult to uncover.

To know the magnitude of the issue, it's helpful to understand the categories of nursing home neglect. You should contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer if you suspect your loved one is the victim of any type of nursing home abuse.

Physical nursing home neglect occurs when the nursing home neglects to take care of an elderly person, resulting in a physical manifestation. There are several different categories of physical neglect because there are many ways that a nursing home can cause a physical injury to an elderly person.

Nursing Homes May Neglect to Attend to a Resident's Personal Hygiene

When a person gets older, they may require the help of another to maintain their personal hygiene. Very often, this takes place in the setting of a nursing home. However, nursing home staff may become overburdened with other tasks at hand, and may forget or not have time to take care of a resident's personal hygiene. This could result in a person not bathing or grooming themselves for long periods of time. The signs of this type of abuse often become apparent when the lack of personal hygiene has taken a toll on the resident's health.

A Nursing Home Resident May Not Receive Enough Food

There are many instances where an elderly person does not receive enough food at a nursing home, resulting in their malnutrition. Often, an elderly person loses the ability to communicate with other people regarding their basic needs. Therefore, they can be put into a nursing home where they are likely supposed to undergo a regimented system where they receive food and water. However, the nursing home staff may neglect to provide them with such basic needs, which could result in a decline in health and even death.

Elderly Residents Could Be the Victims of Medical Negligence

In a nursing home, a resident can become the patient of a doctor or a nurse. The medical provider, often times, get so bogged down with how many patients they have and their long hours that they may do things like switch medications or provide the wrong treatment to a resident. This could result in a decline in health or death, and is a form of medical malpractice.

What is Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing home neglect is a type of elder abuse. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is often missed, and it can lead to an elderly person's decline in health, or even death.

There are many types of nursing home neglect. To know the size of the issue, it's helpful to understand the categories of nursing home neglect.

Physical nursing home neglect occurs when the nursing home neglects to take care of an elderly person, resulting in a physical manifestation. There are several different categories of physical neglect because there are many ways that a nursing home can cause a physical injury to an elderly person.

You should contact a nursing home neglect lawyer if you suspect your loved one is the victim of any type of nursing home abuse.

Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, but generally falls into one or more of the following categories:

  • Physical Abuse – Use of force to physically injure or threaten a vulnerable older adult.
  • Emotional Abuse – Threats, verbal attacks, isolation, rejection, or belittling actions that could cause pain, distress, or mental anguish to an elder.
  • Sexual Abuse – Forced, threatened, tricked, or otherwise coerced sexual contact upon a vulnerable elder, including anyone who is unable to give consent.
  • Exploitation – Fraud, theft, use of undue influence, and misuse or neglect of authority to gain control over an elderly individual's property or money.
  • Neglect – A caregiver's refusal or failure to provide for a vulnerable older adult's physical or emotional needs and/or safety.
  • Self-Neglect – Being unable to understand the consequences of one's own inaction or actions, which could lead to endangerment or harm.
  • Abandonment – A caregiver's desertion of a vulnerable or frail elder.

Elder Abuse Signs to Look For

Elder abuse is often a crime committed in isolation. Many of these cases are discovered on hidden cameras, or secretly recorded videos. Some abusive staff members might know how to keep their actions behind closed doors. Family members can do their part to reduce this problem by visiting often and keeping an eye out for some of the following red flags:

  • Exhibiting a depressed or anxious state
  • Unable to make eye contact or carry on a conversation
  • Unable to eat or engage in activities they used to enjoy
  • Unreasonable or offensive behavior exhibited by staff members

Elderly Residents Could Be the Victims of Medical Negligence

In a nursing home, a resident can become the patient of a doctor or a nurse. Often, a medical provider will get so bogged down with how many patients they have and their long hours that they make mistakes like switching medications or providing the wrong treatment to a resident. This could result in a decline in health or death, and is a form of medical malpractice.

What to Do If You Believe Someone Is a Victim in Los Angeles

You want to gather as much evidence as you can. Take pictures of the scene and the victim in their current state. Take notes, as well. When you have gathered evidence, you should consult with a lawyer. Kahn Roven, LLP can help.

What to Do If You Believe Someone Is a Victim in Los Angeles

If you suspect a loved one or family member is suffering because of an abusive nursing home staff, you want to gather as much evidence as you can. Take pictures of the scene and the victim in their current state. Take notes, as well. When you have gathered evidence, you should consult with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Our law office has over 35 years of experience and we will give you a free consultation regarding your matter. Our elders deserve to live in peace, without fear of abuse or neglect. We can help make that happen. Call Kahn Roven, LLP now at (844) 9-INJURED.

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