Neglect in California Nursing Homes
Experienced California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
When we place our loved ones in a nursing home, we expect them to be well
cared for. We expect the nursing home staff and nurses to provide the
level of attention and care that we could not. Unfortunately, this is
not often the case.
Nursing home neglect is all too common in senior care facilities. Although
they share some similar characteristics, nursing home neglect and nursing
home abuse are not the same thing. Nursing home abuse implies motive and
intent for the mistreatment, whereas nursing home neglect refers to failing
to maintain the proper duties allotted to the patient. The elder abuse
attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP are here to ensure that your
loved is treated with respect and dignity. Call us today for a free case review.
Forms of Nursing Home Neglect
Like abuse, there are many types of nursing home neglect. From forgetting
to deliver water to not checking for critical medical conditions, neglect
is damaging to the patient.
Some types of nursing home neglect include:
- Neglecting basic needs
- Neglecting personal hygiene of the patient
- Neglecting medical care
- Neglecting emotional needs
- Neglecting social needs
Older individuals need extra care and attention for their basic needs.
Nursing home patients may have lost their ability to perform basic necessities
such as washing or feeding themselves. That is why they are in a nursing
home. If the nurses and staff do not pay attention to these details, the
patients are adversely affected.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
There are many things that can happen if your loved one in a nursing home
is neglected. Whether it is physical or emotionally traumatic, neglect
has lasting effects. There are certain signifiers you can look for if
you suspect the nursing home staff is being negligent.
Some warning signs include:
- The patient has formed bedsores
- The patient suffers from dehydration or malnutrition
- Withdrawn or cold behavior
- Falls or injuries due to unkempt facilities
- Depression and isolation
At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP we understand the importance of caring
for our loved ones. By state law, nursing homes have an obligation to
respond to the needs of their patients. If you believe your loved one
is suffering from nursing home negligence, contact our California nursing
home neglect attorneys today for a free consultation.