Nursing Home Abuse

When it comes to putting a loved one in a nursing home, it is definitely a tough decision for all family members involved. They are concerned for the safety, well-being, and health of their loved ones and take the time to find the place that works best for their needs. Unfortunately, in nursing homes, some seniors suffer severe injuries or in extreme cases die due to neglect or abuse.

Florida is a state that has a large elderly community that makes up about 21% of the population. Therefore, there are a lot of nursing homes in the area. Florida itself has a tragically high rate of negligence and misconduct in facilities entrusted with the care of the elderly. Not to mention the recent pandemic leading to the number of cases in this area increasing.

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What is Neglect in a Nursing Home?

Neglect is the failure of nursing home staff to provide reasonable care for residents. 

 

Most cases of neglect are the result of issues such as: 

  • Understaffing Overworked staff/poorly trained, under-qualified, or inexperienced staff 

  • Insufficient supervision of staff 

  • Residents who isolate themselves 

  • Residents isolated by staff members

  • Residents who are incapable of or afraid to report neglect 

  • Nursing home neglect may be physical, emotional, and/or medical.

Physical Neglect in Nursing Homes 

‍Bedsores are perhaps the most serious sign of nursing home neglect. Known medically as decubitus pressure ulcers, bedsores occur when an individual confined to bed is left lying in the same place for too long. The pressure on the skin causes sores to form. Over time, the bedsore may penetrate the skin and affect underlying tissue. Our personal injury attorneys have seen tragic nursing home abuse and neglect cases where bedsores have become infected and endangering the health of residents. 

Physical neglect can take on a number of other forms as well, including:

  • Failure to provide adequate nutrition

  • Failure to provide adequate hydration

  • Failure to assist residents with personal hygiene needs, including bathing, grooming, using the bathroom, and laundering clothes

  • Failure to clean residents’ living quarters and other areas of the facility

  • Inadequate supervision, resulting in injuries from falls, choking on food or drink, and residents wandering away from the property

  • The neglect of the staff may impact the safety not only of the residents but of the property itself. This can increase the risk of hazards we see in other types of premises liability claims, including faulty handrails, ripped and uneven carpeting, poor lighting, unsafe stairs, defective elevators, cracked pavement, and more.

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Emotional Neglect in Nursing Homes

Like anybody, seniors need to have more than their basic needs met to have a good quality of life. Residents of nursing homes may suffer from medical issues or take medications that make them feel anxious or depressed. Others may withdraw because they don’t get along with the other residents or miss their family and living independently. Whatever the case may be, nursing home staff have a duty to supervise the residents for self-isolating and other behavioral issues. They have a responsibility to listen to residents who are unhappy and take action. Emotional neglect doesn’t just affect a senior’s state of mind. It also makes it possible for abuse to go unchecked.

Medical Neglect in Nursing Homes

One of the major responsibilities of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other facilities is to provide care for elderly residents with medical issues. Unfortunately, inexperienced and untrained staff are often given these important responsibilities, resulting in serious lapses of care.
Neglect often involves issues with medication such as:

  • Failure to provide residents with the correct medication

  • Failure to provide residents with the prescribed dose of medication

  • Failure to ensure residents take their medication

  • Delayed or irregular administration of medications with inadequate supervision

Residents may also suffer from a wide range of undetected medical issues. Undiagnosed infections, illnesses, injuries, and emergencies such as a heart attack or stroke may become life-threatening if the staff is neglectful.

If your loved one has experienced emotional, physical, or medical abuse in a nursing home facility you may want to contact an attorney that specializes in nursing home abuse.

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