Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is the failure to fulfill obligations to a senior citizen and accounts for 49% of elder abuse cases. 

Nursing Home Neglect

Elder nursing home neglect occurs when a caregiver does not provide the following:

  • Adequate food and water
  • Clothing and shelter
  • Medicine
  • Personal safety

Determining Elder Neglect

When determining elder neglect, you should look for bedsores, also called pressure sores or ulcers.  A bedridden patient must be repositioned every two hours to relieve pressure.  Dehydration and malnutrition are other indications of elder nursing home neglect.  Be suspicious if your elderly relative has any extreme weight loss.  If your relative has restricted mobility, and there is no water pitcher and glass by the bedside, this may be a signal that basic requests are being ignored.

There may be other indications of neglect which include:

  • Untreated health problems
  • Unsafe or unsanitary living conditions (e.g. vermin, soiled bedding)
  • An elder’s report of neglect
  • Allowing an Alzheimer’s patient to wander outside the facility unsupervised

Assisted Living Neglect

When someone moves into a building that offers Assisted Living services, the resident is required to sign a service agreement which deals with the particular services to be provided from a licensed home care provided.  Assisting living neglect can occur when the caregivers are not staffed properly.  The provider must have on-call 24-hour nursing access with daily checks on each resident.

Nursing Home Neglect Legal Help

If you suspect senior assisted home neglect or elder nursing home neglect in an assisted living or nursing home facility, you should contact a nursing home neglect attorney who specializes in elder law.  They can help by offering advice on how to proceed and/or by contacting the authorities if necessary.