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  • Withdrawn or cold behavior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

Is Your Loved One Suffering Neglect?

The biggest threat that comes with such neglect is that it often goes unnoticed. The inability to actively complain about any mistreatment causes such issues to go unnoticed. Most of these issues come into the limelight and are noted only when major damage takes place. For instance if somebody gets severely injured or repeatedly falls ill, you will probably recognize that something is seriously wrong with the care your loved one is receiving. When placing a loved one in the care of a nursing home, it is important to do ample research to ensure that the best facility is chosen. Even with the most thorough research, one can never be certain that it is indeed the best decision made.

Fight for Justice!

As a member of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys and International Academy of Boutique Law Firms our lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP know and understand the situation you are in. Our lawyers have worked on numerous nursing home neglect cases and know how to deal with such a situation. We can be extremely helpful in providing legal counsel and can guide you towards your next step. Just because you or a loved one cannot fight back do not be afraid. Our lawyers will fight on your behalf. You may be eligible for monetary compensation and we will make sure you get every penny of what you deserve.

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