Caring for nursing home patients is hard work! Caregivers must be dedicated to invest the necessary time and effort to assure the medical, personal and psychological needs of their patients are met. When caregivers fail to provide necessary care, the patient begins to suffer. Compared with an affirmative act in nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence cases, nursing home neglect truly implies that some one is not doing their job.
Nursing home neglect is a general term that encompasses many different situations that commonly result in patient injury or even death.
Chronic Nursing Home Neglect: refers to an ongoing situation where the staff fails to provide care to patients over an extended period of time– days, weeks, months — even years. Situations involving chronic neglect are reflective of a systematic problem at the facility, where shift-after-shift of nursing home employees fails to provide necessary care to patients in need.
- Bed Sores – Failure to keep patient clean, change soiled linens after an episode of incontinence, and re-position patients on a regular internals may contribute to the development of bed sores (similarly referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers).
- Dehydration – An inability to perceive thirst or anxiety over going to the toilet are some of the common factors that contribute to dehydration of nursing home patients. Staff must keep track of patients fluid intake and output.
- Malnutrition – We all know food is a basic requirement to keep our bodies functioning properly. Yet, when inappropriate foods (solid foods given to an are given to patients who can not eat them) or no staff assistance is provided to patients who are unable to feed themselves serious health problems may develop.
Acute Nursing Home Neglect: refers to more isolated situations where a staff members carelessness or ignorance result in harm to the patient. Many of acute neglect events result in severe injuries to patients who are the most dependent on caregivers or unable to perceive of harm themselves. Acute injuries involving nursing home neglect may include:
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Failing to administer medication
- Untreated health problems
- Failing to supervise patients
Nursing Home Liability for Neglect of Patients
It is not necessary to distinguish the type of neglect nor establish actual intent on the part of the facility to pursue a cause of action premised on neglect. Rather, if your loved one suffered an injury due to inaction on the part of a caretaker, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for the resulting damages. Whatever the terminology, our attorneys have successfully prosecuted nursing home neglect matters for decades. Our experience handling nursing home cases has enabled us to develop relationships with experts in the fields of nursing, medicine, geriatrics and other fields necessary for maximizing the value of your case. Contact our nursing home attorneys now for a free evaluation of your circumstance. We handle nursing home matters across every state.