The main reason why people take their loved ones to nursing homes is because of the assurance that they will have round-the-clock care. However, it is not always the case. Instances of neglect are rampant in nursing homes, and for the elderly who need constant supervision, their health could be at risk if neglected.
Neglect can take many forms, such as neglecting basic needs or personal hygiene, social or emotional neglect, abandonment, and medical neglect.
Causes of nursing home neglect
Nursing home neglect can occur due to understaffing at the nursing facility, negligence in the hiring process, or inadequate training among staff members. In all these instances, the buck stops with the nursing home, which is why you need to hold them accountable.
What are the signs of neglect?
It is important to look out for signs of neglect among your loved ones in nursing homes since they might not be in a position to speak out. They include:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Weight loss
- Not changing the linen of residents after an episode of incontinence
All these are pointers of neglect, and if you think something is wrong, you need to act fast before it is too late.
What should you do about it?
You may want to speak to management or even the regional authorities. You may also want to get justice for your loved one. You can sue the nursing home for damages arising from their negligence, including compensation for any medical bills incurred to get your loved one treatment or the pain and suffering brought about by the neglect.