Nursing home neglect is defined as a breach of duty or form of sub-standard care by a nursing home facility that results in harm to a patient. It is important to note that the breach of duty or sub-standard care must be the reasonable outcome of the negligent actions of a nursing home.
Types of nursing home neglect
There are four primary types of nursing home neglect. They are:
- Emotional or social neglect: An elder is repeatedly ignored, left alone, or accidentally snapped at by an overstressed nursing home staff.
- Medical neglect: A nursing home facility fails to provide adequate attention, prevention, or medication for bed sores, infections, cuts, diabetes, cognitive diseases, and mobility concerns.
- Personal hygiene neglect: An elder does not receive adequate help with clean clothing, bathing, and other forms of hygienic practices.
- Basic needs neglect: A nursing home is neglectful in providing an elder with reasonable food, water, or a safe and clean environment.
Signs of nursing home neglect
Some warning signs of nursing home neglect may include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Bedsores, or pressure ulcers
- Injuries, such as cuts and bruises
- Withdrawn behavior, or unusual changes in behavior
- Changes in personal hygiene or appearance
- Lack of friendly interaction with the nursing home staff
- Lack of friendly interaction with the other nursing home residents
Steps to prevent nursing home neglect
The following are some of the steps to prevent nursing home neglect:
- Give patients with mobility issues 24/7 assistance by the staff.
- Pay close attention to the sanitary and safety concerns of patients and resolve them quickly.
- Mattresses should be flush with the bed frame or bed rails, so that the patient does not suffocate between the mattress and the railing.
- Monitor the patient for changes in mobility or mental ability, as well as any developing medical concerns.
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