What Is Considered Nursing Home Neglect?

Neglect is one of the most common forms of abuse to occur in nursing homes. Neglect is also easily overlooked because it’s not a blatant form of abuse like physical or sexual abuse. Although neglect isn’t violent, it can still cause significant physical and emotional damage to your elderly loved one if it’s not identified and stopped quickly.

When neglect occurs in San Diego nursing homes, the liable party must be held accountable through a personal injury claim. A San Diego nursing home abuse lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, can use evidence from your family member’s incident to prove neglect has occurred and sue the nursing home. Your family deserves a settlement for the mistreatment that’s occurred and a lawsuit can deliver justice.  

Failure to Administer Medications

Failure to administer medications is a clear sign of nursing home neglect. When your elderly loved one enters a nursing home facility, you’ll deliver a schedule with the medications your loved one must take each day and when they must take them. The caregivers at the nursing home are expected to follow this schedule closely because your loved one’s wellbeing depends on it.

If the caregivers at the nursing home don’t follow this schedule, then your loved one can develop illnesses or see a progression in illnesses they already have. If you notice this happening, neglect may be the underlying cause. 

Lack of Hygienic Care

If your elderly family member suddenly has bad hygiene, then it could be a sign of nursing home neglect. Caregivers at the nursing home have a duty to provide hygienic care to patients. When they fail to do so, it can cause physical and emotional hardship on patients.

Lack of Attention and Supervision

When caregivers don’t pay attention to patients, patients can emotional reactions from the lack of interaction. A lack of proper supervision may also lead to injuries, as many elderly patients aren’t equipped to take care of themselves. Both a lack of social attention and a lack of proper supervision can be classified as nursing home neglect. 

Neglect of Daily Nutrition and Mobility

If you notice your loved one’s health declining because of a lack of daily nutrition or a lack of mobility, nursing home neglect could be the cause. You should question the caregivers at the nursing home to ensure they’re doing their best to feed your family member and get them out of bed daily. Bedsores, for example, are an easy way to identify that something isn’t right. 

Consult a San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Although some of your elderly loved one’s health and behavior issues may result from their own lack of motivation to move around or eat properly, you should never assume that the fault is on them. Asking questions is a great way to identify the underlying cause of your loved one’s issues and determine whether nursing home neglect is at play.

If you’d like to discuss your family’s situation with a San Diego nursing home abuse lawyer from The Kindley Firm, APC, call 619-550-1313 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free consultation.