With the number of employees of nursing homes who are underpaid, undertrained and overworked, it’s perhaps not surprising that there is a major problem with nursing home neglect in this country. Although nursing home abuse tends to involve people within a facility intending to harm elderly residents, neglect involves substandard care — whether or not it is intentional.
There are several types of nursing home neglect, and each has its own unique signs for which friends and families should watch. These include the following:
- Emotional neglect. This type of neglect involves the elderly person being constantly left alone, ignored or occasionally yelled at by employees. All nursing home residents have a right to expect that they will have someone to talk to regularly and that they will receive the attention they need and deserve. Be on the lookout for your loved one seeming withdrawn or depressed — this could be evidence of emotional neglect.
- Personal hygiene neglect. Many nursing home residents need assistance with laundry, cleaning and personal hygiene. Problematic signs include soiled clothing or bedding, bad smells and loss of hair.
- Neglect of basic needs. Nursing homes are expected to provide reasonable standards of food, water and safety. If your loved one has sudden inexplicable weight loss, complains about the food in the facility or seems to be fearful of his or her safety, family members should look into it.
- Medical neglect. Most nursing home residents have specific medical needs. If they have not been getting their medication or seem to be suffering from infections, bedsores, diabetes, mobility loss or other similar issues, they could be the victim of neglect.
If you are concerned that your loved one has been the victim of neglect in a nursing home facility, contact the compassionate North Carolina personal injury attorneys at Lanier Law Group.