Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

September 29, 2020
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Nursing homes are health care facilities that are specifically designed to provide some of our most vulnerable citizens with the care and attention they need to live comfortably. Moving your loved one into a nursing home is a difficult step, but once complete, it can provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that he or she is in good hands. If instead, your loved one has been injured by nursing home neglect, it is an especially painful and difficult situation, but an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney can help.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect refers to the absence of or inadequacy of necessary attention to the health requirements of nursing home residents. While neglect lacks the intention to harm associated with nursing home abuse, it can also be more difficult to spot, which makes it just as dangerous. Nursing home residents typically depend upon the nursing home and its staff to provide them with all of the following:

  • A safe, clean, and comfortable living environment with ample opportunities for healthy social interactions, entertaining activities, and physical activity (as tolerable)
  • Adequate hydration and nutrition in the form of appetizing and healthy meals that are served regularly
  • Adequate assistance with maintaining personal hygiene and using the bathroom regularly (as required)
  • Adequate medical care and proactive medical attention

When any facet of any one of these is neglected, nursing home residents can suffer the consequences. 

Nursing Home Neglect: The Signs

While nursing home neglect can take unique forms, there are some tell-tale signs that are often indicative of such neglect, including:

  • Bed Sores – Bed sores are pressure ulcers on the skin that cause damage to the underlying tissue. These sores are typically caused when one remains in one position for too long, such as when an immobile or less mobile nursing home resident is left to fend for himself or herself for too long (while positioned in bed or a chair).
  • Sudden Changes in Personality and/or Appearance – If you notice that your loved one is losing weight, seems distressed, has become sullen, or exhibits any other change in either appearance or personality, take the matter seriously – it could be a sign of nursing home neglect.  
  • Inadequate Staffing – Nursing homes shoulder heavy responsibilities, and their staff members are often required to work at full capacity in order to keep up. If you notice that the nursing home where your loved one resides appears to be understaffed, don’t chalk it up to the hectic nature of the business. The nursing home is responsible for providing its residents with adequate care, and the absence of such care often leads to injuries borne of neglect. 

Don’t Put Off Consulting with an Experienced San Francisco Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

The compassionate and experienced San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bogaards Law understand exactly how difficult nursing home neglect situations are, and we’re committed to using the full force of our experience, skill, and resources to help. Your case matters, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

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