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Spotlight on Nursing Home Abuse

October 2014

nursing home neglect

Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect, next to battery and abuse, is the most common mistreatment many nursing homes are guilty of all over the United States. Neglect occurs every time a nursing home resident is put into risk due to deprivation of essential needs or lack of protection from any threats to that adult’s health or welfare.

All too often residents of nursing homes are left alone, ignored by staff or left to abusive staff. Sometimes, abusive residents are left unattended and exercise violence against other, unprotected residents. Occasionally staff members fall asleep and leave residents to themselves.

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Nursing homes may be the best places to put aging parents and grandparents who require constant care. Seniors are surrounded by nurses and doctors who are trained to care for them and make sure they are comfortable every day. Although nursing homes can be great places, a few bad apples can ruin everything by neglecting or abusing your relative. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be victims of nursing home abuse, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer today.

Nursing homes are popular destinations for retired adults who live on a fixed income. Often, the cost of living in a nursing home is paid for by Medicaid or Medicare, making nursing homes even more attractive. But if the employees are not paid well enough or they are they’re unhappy about any other situation, they may choose to retaliate against you or your relative.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Over or under medication
  • Visible cuts, bruises, or welts
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Dehydration, malnutrition, and bedsores
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Infections
  • Broken bones
  • Sudden death

If you see any of these nursing home abuse warning signs, call a nursing home attorney today to become informed of your rights. It is the responsibility of the nursing home management to provide a 'standard or care' for your loved one. Failure to implement proper care policies and regulations can result in nursing home litigation.

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