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Understanding the signs of nursing home neglect

Many of us will go through this cycle. Our parents care for us from birth until adulthood, and then we care for our parents as they age and are no longer able to care for him or herself. While it might be ideal for an individual to care for their own parent in their household, this can be especially burdensome when it interferes with the ability to maintain a job, as it can become a full-time job in itself. Thus, many are often faced with the decision to place their aging loved ones in nursing homes.

Although many nursing homes are wonderful facilities that provide excellent care to its residents, some nursing homes fail to meet this standard, as they may be the cause of harm, abuse or neglect to a resident. Thus, if you have a loved one living at a nursing home facility, it is important to understand the signs of neglect.

Neglect differs from abuse in many ways. Abuse can be easier to spot as it often involves the assault and battery of a resident. Whether it is a slap, hit or push, residents are likely to live through abuse. Neglect, on the other hand, can occur over time and can be more prevalent. It is also a likely cause of death by victims.

When someone does not give a resident water, does not feed them food or does not check on a wound, this can be life threatening, causing some resident to die. According to current data, 70 percent of the cases screened for mistreatment are due to neglect. Additionally, it was found that substandard care at nursing home facilities frequently occurs when the nursing home is not adequately staffed or the staff is not adequately trained.

Nursing home residents often fail to report these instances of neglect because they have cognitive difficulties, are fearful or are embarrassed by the situation. No matter the case, If you believe an elderly loved one is a victim of neglect, it is important to take the time to report the incident.

Taking legal action could help both the victim and their loved ones. A civil action could help hold the nursing home facility accountable, assist with the collection of compensation for damages and even prevent future instances form occurring.

Source: Caring.com, "Signs of Nursing Home Neglect You Shouldn't Ignore," Katherine O'Brien, Feb. 20, 2018

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