Nursing home neglect falls under the umbrella of abuse, although the two words have distinct meanings. While abuse involves doing things to another than can be physically and emotionally hurtful, neglect involves omission, that is, omitting to do things that promote emotional and physical well-being. When a nursing home fails to provide proper care, your loved ones can suffer significant physical and psychological damage that may not be apparent unless you know what to look for.
Nursing Home Neglect Categories
While nursing home neglect can materialize in several different ways, here are some of the more common types of neglect you may see:
- Emotional/social neglect: a resident is ignored, yelled at, or ostracized
- Personal hygiene neglect: staff does not help a resident with laundry, cleaning, bathing and other forms of hygiene
- Basic needs neglect: staff does not provide a resident with reasonable amounts of food, water, and other basic necessities
- Medical neglect: a resident is not given adequate attention, prevention or medication for medical concerns or issues
Nursing Home Neglect Signs
Unfortunately, identifying nursing home neglect warning signs can be difficult, because depending on the neglect, there may not be physical signs present. In addition, behavioral problems stemming from neglect could be chalked up to old age, especially when mental health issues exist. Although signs vary, and one indicator alone does not necessarily point to neglect, a combination of the following could mean a serious problem:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Bruises, cuts and other unexplained injuries
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Loss or lack of mobility
- Sudden emotional changes
- Unattended or wandering residents
Neglect is a tragic issue that can cut the life expectancy of the ones you love the most. If you believe there are signs of nursing home neglect, contact our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers at Mazaheri Law Firm immediately. We can help you ask the right questions, collect photographs and videos and gather the documentation you need to prove negligence and recover compensation.
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