Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse: What You Need To Know

legal nurse consultantsNursing homes are trusted with the care of one of the most vulnerable groups in society: the elderly. Despite the level of trust that they are afforded, many nursing homes regularly take countless shortcuts and engage in other careless actions, and elder abuse has been likened to an epidemic by many professionals. They estimate that there are 2.5 million victims of elder abuse at the hands of nursing home negligence on an annual basis.

This is why we urge for loved ones and other caretakers to remain vigilant and know the signs of abuse. Nursing home negligence occurs in many different ways, and can result in the physical, emotional, and financial abuse of its elderly residents, whether intentional or due to recklessness.

Abuse can manifest itself in a variety of ways, and you should always be on the lookout for signs such as:

  • Bruises or other signs of abuse
  • Bed sores
  • Malnutrition/starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid worsening of condition

There are countless factors that lead to nursing home neglect, some of them intentional and others simply due to carelessness or lack of oversight. For example, a low staffing ratio is a common problem in many nursing homes, and has been linked to poorer care of residents. A lack of proper supervision can lead to residents wandering outdoors and exposing them to dangerous elements, or suffering from multiple slip and fall accidents. And sadly, intentional assault is also frequent, and there are many cases where staff members seized the moment to prey on the vulnerable.

These type of cases require the expertise of a legal nurse consultant, an ally versed in both law and medicine. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected by a nursing home facility, do not hesitate to contact us at Legal Nurse Consultants USA, LLC. Call us at 877.211.7562 to learn more about how we can help.