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Nursing Home Neglect

Protecting the Elderly

As the bulk of our population grows older and older, there is an ever increasing reliance on nursing homes. We trust these nursing homes with the compassionate care of our loved ones. When caregivers at nursing homes let us down, our elderly loved ones can suffer from severe illness, injury, or even death.

In 2014, there were approximately 1.4 million nursing home residents and an additional 835,200 residents in residential care communities in the United States, and these figures keep growing. Unfortunately, many people suffer from severe neglect and abuse while in these facilities each year. Nursing home neglect and abuse can come in many forms.

WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT?

Perpetrators of elder neglect include nursing home, assisted living center, or other care facility staff members. Here are a few examples of elder abuse and neglect:

  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Coercion
  • Poor medical care
  • Theft or financial exploitation
  • Malnutrition
  • Confinement
  • Passive neglect
  • Defective equipment
  • Willful deprivation
  • Lack of supervision

COMMON NURSING HOME INJURY CLAIMS

  • Wandering and leaving the facility
  • Bedsores (also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Physical abuse injuries
  • Restraint injuries or falls
  • Fractures
  • Wrongful death
WARNING SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there are certain signs of elder abuse and neglect to keep an eye out for. If your loved one is showing any of these signs, it may be time to report the incident. Signs of elder abuse and neglect include:

  • Physical signs: bruises, broken bones, burns
  • Emotional signs: withdrawal from normal acitivites, unusual depression, frequent arguments with caregiver
  • Neglect signs: bedsores, unreceived medical treatment, poor hygiene
  • Sudden change in financial situations (sign of financial abuse)

Abused elders are at a 300 percent higher risk of death compared to those who have not been abused. It is important to recognize elder abuse and neglect early to prevent further tragedies from occurring.

OTHER MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS MAY ARISE

The medical staff at a nursing home is in charge of keeping you or your loved one healthy. As is true of any medical care facility, mistakes can occur in the administering of treatment or medications. The elderly population is especially vulnerable to medical mistakes, which can have permanent or deadly consequences. You or your loved one may have a medical malpractice claim due to:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Prescription medication errors
  • Other medical mistakes

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