Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The holidays are usually a time for families to gather, relax and catch up with one another. Sadly, we also see a spike in the number of nursing home abuse and neglect reports since loved ones are traveling and cannot check on the welfare of their family members.

Nursing home abuse is undoubtedly one of the greatest societal failures for our aging population.  Abusers are able to operate with reckless abandon because of the isolated and sheltered nature of nursing home care. While it is critical to watch for warning signs throughout the year, the holiday season is a great time to talk to your loved one to ensure they are safe and secure.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

The definition of abuse and neglect may differ but regardless, some loved ones are intentionally being harmed while others are subjected to negligent care and inhumane treatment.  This is unconscionable and unacceptable.

Below is a summary of the most common types of nursing home abuse and neglect;

Inadequate Care

Lack of food, water, medication, physical therapy

Use of physical restraints

Fall risks and other health hazards

Poor hygiene and bed sores

Physical, sexual, verbal or mental abuse

Abuse by nursing or nursing home staff

Abuse by residents

Financial Abuse

Pressure or exploitation

Fraudulent activity and theft

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Depending on the type of care facility or nursing home that your loved one is residing, there are a few basic expectations:

  • Proper care including food, medication or monitoring to ensure self-care
  • Safe environment to prevent injuries, falls and prevent abuse by employees or other residents
  • Emotional security

Knowing these basic principles makes it easier to ascertain what is going on behind the scenes. Your loved one may be ashamed, embarrassed and hesitant to report or talk about the abuse. Their dignity and safety are endangered and thus can be difficult to admit.

  1. Physical signs of injuries or malnutrition
  2. Physical mobility declines
  3. Sudden withdrawn or depressed behavior
  4. Poor and unsanitary living conditions
  5. Poor hygiene

Use the holiday season to check on your loved ones, and plan routine visits throughout the year. Abuse can start and stop at any time.

At no time should a nursing care facility restrict access, deny un-scheduled visits or refuse to discuss concerns.  If you suspect your loved one is a victim or nursing home abuse, or you are currently residing in a nursing home and are being abused or neglected – you must contact our offices immediately.  Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg injury attorneys will defend your basic human rights and fight to get the justice you deserve.