USAttorneys discusses facts about nursing home neglect.
Rochester, NY- Too many seniors who live in nursing homes become the victims of neglect. Neglect can take many forms and over time can impact their mental and physical well-being. This article will discuss some of the basics of nursing home neglect and what a family can do to get justice if their loved one is being neglected in their long-term care facility.
What is nursing home neglect?
Nursing home neglect is a type of nursing home abuse that can be willful or unintentional. A caregiver, whether they are a family member or a staff member of a nursing home, is being negligent when they fail to meet a senior citizen’s basic needs. Neglect can include failing to meet an elderly person’s need for shelter, food, clothing, hygiene and medical care.
A universal sign of nursing home neglect is the development of bedsores. A bedsore is an injury that occurs when an immobile resident is left in one position too long, and a sore develops due to the pressure. While some seniors develop bedsores quickly, a bed sore often indicates that a facility is not changing a resident’s position as needed. An untreated bed sore can become infected and require extensive and painful treatments.
Medication and medical errors are other common forms of neglect in Rochester nursing homes. When a facility has poorly trained or overworked staff, they are more likely to make a medical error, forget to give a resident their medication or make a dosage error.
Preventing nursing home neglect
You can protect your loved one from nursing home neglect by devising a care plan. A care plan outlines your loved one’s needs, their resident’s medical history, their disabilities and medical conditions and clarifies how often a resident should be moved. Care plans instruct facilities on how to care for a range of your loved one’s needs, so there is no question about what care is expected. If you are explicit about your loved one’s care and a facility fails to follow the plan, you’ve given them, you may have grounds for a nursing home neglect claim.
You can also protect your loved one from neglect by visiting them regularly. If you visit your loved one, often you can detect any decline in a senior’s health or notice any unusual injuries and get them the necessary medical care.
If your loved one is neglected in their New York nursing home, let USAttorneys get you in touch with a lawyer who can help you file a claim. We have an outstanding team of nursing home abuse lawyers in Rochester who will help you put an end to the neglect and get your loved one the compensation they deserve.