If your loved one who has been placed in long-term care shows signs of nursing home neglect, it can be devastating to you and your family. It was already a difficult decision to place them in long-term care, and if they are not being cared for properly, you may wonder if you made the right decision at all.
Personal injury attorneys want you to understand that neglect in long-term care facilities is not the same as nursing home abuse.
One of the key differences between nursing home abuse and neglect is that the intent to harm an older person who has been placed in long-term care is nursing home abuse.
Nursing home neglect is a breach of duty that leads to substandard care.
There are many different types of neglect that can exist in long-term care facilities.
Although neglect may be different for each person, some of the types of neglect that have been found in long-term care facilities include:
It can often be difficult to recognize when your loved one is being neglected in their long-term care facility, especially if they have difficulty communicating.
In some cases, the elderly person may not mention issues that could be related to neglect.
The most common signs of neglect among patients in nursing facilities include:
Because older people are prone to chronic diseases, infections and injuries, nursing home neglect can be a serious issue.
Reporting the neglect could mean the difference between life and death for an elderly patient as older people are less likely to recover from illness or injury than younger people.
Although physical signs of neglect are much easier to identify than other types, all forms of neglect are dangerous and must be addressed.
If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility and you suspect they are the victims of neglect, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You may arrange your initial consultation to discuss your case with a qualified attorney by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or visiting our website and completing the simple form. We are here to help you and your elderly loved one get the treatment they deserve under the law.