Nursing home neglect is an unfortunate problem in care facilities throughout the nation, including in the state of Alabama. But just what constitutes neglect? I this post we will explore the topic.
Nursing home neglect is one type of abuse perpetrated against the elderly. While some examples of elder abuse involve caretakers causing physical or emotional harm to an older person, neglect is the result of caregivers failing to provide what are sometimes even the most basic needs of a resident.
Among other things, your loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect if you notice any of the following signs:
- Unusual weight loss
- Poor hygiene
- Unattended medical needs
Nursing home residents who are victims of neglect may also be the victim of abuse. Physical signs of this could include burns, abrasions, broken bones, pressure marks or bruises. Emotional abuse could cause symptoms such as a sudden change in alertness or withdrawal from normal activities without an explanation. A nursing home resident may be the victim of exploitation if there is an unexplained change in their financial situation.
If you believe that your loved one is being neglected or abused by those being paid to care for them, it is important to take action. Report your suspicions to those in charge so that the matter can be investigated. If it is in fact true, you may want to take file a lawsuit against the facility as well. If successful, it could result in a financial award.
These matters can emotionally be difficult to handle. That is one of multiple reasons that a lawyer who handles these matters could be of assistance.