Addressing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Addressing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

When residents in nursing homes are not receiving the care they deserve, it may be due to neglect. Nursing home abuse and neglect are common in long-term care and nursing home facilities. When a nursing home resident is abused or neglected their life is at risk. Maltreatment left unchecked can cause serious physical and emotional trauma and death.

If your loved one suffered harm because they were abused or neglected in a nursing home, then you must protect them. You may be able to start the claims process against the liable party for the harm that your loved one suffered. The Philadelphia nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP can help you with your claim.

Examples of Nursing Home Neglect

Addressing Nursing Home Abuse and NeglectWhen a nursing home resident is improperly cared for or forgotten, they can suffer severe physical bodily harm. Some examples of nursing home neglect include:

  • Failing to get a resident the care they need when an issue is detected.
  • Failure to provide a resident with basic nourishment on a daily basis, or with the food and water they need to survive.
  • Failure to assist residents with personal care and hygiene activities like showering or washing dirty clothing.
  • Failure to keep a resident’s room safe and clean.
  • Failure to have illness or injuries treated.

Nursing home neglect can be incredibly traumatic and painful for a resident to have to endure. Nursing home neglect is a type of nursing home abuse and elder abuse.

Examples of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is usually a willful harmful act against a nursing home resident. Some examples of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Mental abuse
  • Financial abuse

As many as one in six mature adults 60 years and older will be the victim of some type of abuse every year. The World Health Organization indicates that nursing home abuse is widespread across the United States. As many as one out of three American nursing homes have had at least one citation for nursing home abuse.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

If you are able to visit your loved one regularly in their nursing home, this alone can be incredible protection for them from harm. Doing so will allow you to see more immediately if anything is amiss and if your loved one is in good health or not. Also, staff that know a particular resident has regular visitors could be more likely to provide better care for that resident than another without visitors. 

When you visit your loved one keep an eye out for any of the following signs as they could be red flags that something may be wrong:

  • Lost interest in social activities 
  • Mood and personality changes
  • The presence of physical wounds or bruising
  • An increased feeling of fear
  • Weight loss
  • Poor hygiene
  • Loss of or limited mobility

Speak with an Attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP

When your loved one was abused and neglected in their nursing home, you should quickly alert the authorities of the issue. You may also connect with Pennsylvania’s Adult Protective Services. Additionally, you are welcome to reach out to an attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP to schedule a free consultation at (215) 731-9900.

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