Nursing home negligence is different than abuse. Abuse is something that’s done intentionally, and it can be physical, sexual or financial. Negligence, on the other hand, simply means that the person is not being provided with the care that they deserve.
But that doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s not the same as someone simply making a mistake. These caregivers are in a position of power over the elderly people at the nursing home, and they have a responsibility to take care of them. When they’re negligent, it can lead to all sorts of illnesses and injuries, and the fault still lies on the caregivers. This is true even though it wasn’t intentional. Neglect itself is also illegal.
Do you believe this is happening to your loved one?
In many cases, those who are being neglected either don’t know what’s happening or aren’t sure how to speak up about it. This means that loved ones are often compelled to look for signs, symptoms and injuries that mean negligence is taking place. Here are a few examples of what this could look like:
- Broken bones: Negligence often leads to falls, such as when an elderly person is forced to try to walk on their own because the caregiver didn’t show up to help them take a shower, go to the dining room or something else of this nature. Falls can lead to bruises and broken bones.
- Bedsores: Bedsores occur when someone doesn’t change position frequently enough. These are also called pressure sores, as they form from the pressure of the bed against the person’s skin. Caregivers are supposed to help elderly individuals change positions or roll over.
- Malnutrition and dehydration: Two major signs of neglect are simply when someone starts to lose weight or they seem like they’re always dehydrated. They may become sick and malnourished. They’re being neglected because they can’t get their own food and water and no one is bringing it to them.
These are certainly not all of the signs that you can look for. Each case is unique. If an elderly person calls for assistance and doesn’t get it, regardless of the situation or the injuries that this creates, they’re still being neglected. That is unfair to them and it is illegal. Family members need to know what steps to take.