Confronting Nursing Home Neglect

by Nick Johnson - Date: 2007-04-05 - Word Count: 427 Share This!

Nursing homes can be a sad state of affairs, and walking through one can be simultaneously depressing and frightening. Nobody ever wishes to place a loved one in a nursing home and nobody ever wants to end up in one as well.

It can be an equally frightening proposition to confront neglect. Neglect is a silent form of abuse and it qualifies as malpractice. It's not always easy to discern neglect from an elderly individual's typical withdrawal or lack of enthusiasm. While it is necessary to line patients along the corridor in order to efficiently wheel them to the dining room, leaving dependent patients in the hallways for hours on end quantifies neglect.

Nursing home neglect can come in many silent but devastating forms. Bed sores are a natural occurrence for bedridden patients, but they should be minimized by constantly being moved around in the bed as a preventative method of keeping bed sores under control. Bed sores can be a glaring red flag that your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect.

Nursing home abuse cases have become much easier to prove over the last ten years. Abuse and neglect actually had to fight to be considered medical malpractice. There was a horrendous societal scar on the acceptance that nursing homes were prone to such things and we were supposed to accept the circumstances. Fortunately, the quality of care standard has skyrocketed.

Neglect can be masked too easily by staff members who fear the consequences, which places the burden of understanding abuse on the families and friends of those who are residing in nursing homes.

Toileting and bathing issues top the list for neglect issues. Many nurses and aids do not feel their paycheck reflects the humiliation that can accompany toileting issues. If you are trying to determine whether abuse is a possibility, ask your loved one if they are taken to the bathroom, how often, and how many accidents they are having, and how long they are required to sit in their soiled clothing. These answers can help determine the level of medical malpractice that a facility may be liable for.

If you suspect any form of abuse or neglect, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away. They can walk you through the filing process as well as the steps to reporting these issues. Nursing home abuse lawyers have ample experience in dealing with the tragedies associated with nursing home abuse and can be of invaluable assistance even if you are fortunate enough to discover that there is no abuse or medical malpractice at the suspected facility.

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Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Nursing Home Abuse. Call 1-888-311-5522 today or visit for a free case evaluation.

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