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Senior citizens often need assistance as they get older. When living alone becomes too challenging, they may need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Long-term facilities help seniors with their everyday needs and ensure that their health is looked after. When these facilities fail to properly care for their residents, they can suffer serious injuries.
What Does Nursing Home Neglect Look Like?
Mistreatment in nursing homes can happen in several ways. Nursing home neglect occurs when residents are not consistently given the care that they need. This can have a huge impact on residents who depend on nursing home staff for most of their needs. Common types of nursing home neglect include:
- Hygienic: Nursing home residents may need help bathing, using the bathroom, and changing clothes or linens. Failing to attend to these needs can lead to issues with skin or bowel distress.
- Medical: Neglected patients may not receive the medication or exercise they need or have their bandages changed in a timely manner, which can lead to infections.
- Malnutrition: Patients who are not given enough food and water can suffer from pain and discomfort.
- Emotional: Nursing home residents who are left alone without interaction with staff or other residents can experience emotional distress.
Nursing home neglect can occur when the facility is insufficiently staffed, or their employees are not properly trained to care for residents. In some cases, however, neglect can be intentional.
Are You Concerned About Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is much more insidious and involves nursing home employees harming residents either physically or mentally. There are numerous ways that a nursing home resident might suffer abuse, including:
- Physical abuse: When nursing home residents are hit, kicked or pushed by their caregivers, the resulting injuries may be painful and take a long time to heal.
- Emotional abuse: Staff members may insult, demean or ignore residents, which can lead to depression, anxiety or other mental distress.
- Imprisonment: Staff who lock residents in their rooms, restrain residents or take away their tools for mobility can do enormous harm.
- Financial abuse: Nursing home staff has access to residents’ rooms and can steal their money or belongings; in some cases, they may influence residents to give them access to bank accounts.
- Sexual abuse: Nursing home residents may be more vulnerable to nonconsensual sexual acts.
If a nursing home resident suffers harm in the care of a nursing home, the facility may be held liable. The resident or their family must prove that their suffering was caused by neglect on the part of the facility or by intentionally abusive actions. Some scenarios in which a facility could be held responsible include:
- Failing to properly staff the facility
- Failing to hire qualified caregivers or conduct thorough background checks
- Failing to train caregivers
- Failing to address safety hazards
- Withholding proper nutrition or hydration
- Improper restraint
- Intentional abuse
We Fight For Our Aging Neighbors
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, call the Brooklyn elder abuse lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP, right away. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and take the appropriate legal action to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected. With offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Lakewood, New Jersey, we help nursing home residents and their families throughout New York and New Jersey. Call us today at 212-257-0199 or contact us online for an initial consultation.