Nursing home neglect varies according to each case, and therefore, there are four different types of nursing home neglect including: 1) Medical neglect when the nursing home facility fails to attend adequately or prevent medical concerns of the resident, including care for bed sores, infections, mobility issues, and lacerations; 2) Neglect of basic needs where the nursing facility fails to provide the resident with a reasonable amount of water and food or fails to provide a clean and safe environment; 3) Neglect of personal hygiene where the nursing home residents do not have adequate assistance with cleaning, brushing their teeth, laundry, bathing or other types of hygiene; 4) Social or emotional neglect where staff members repeatedly ignore the resident and leave them alone without care.
Neglect can be identified by changes in the resident such as: 1) Malnutrition; 2) Sudden weight loss; 3) Bed sores or pressure ulcers from failing to adequately turn the resident; 4) Falls resulting in various types of injuries; 5) Dehydration for failing to keep the resident adequately hydrated; 6) Withdrawn behavior of the resident or abnormal changes in behavior; 7) Alterations in appearance or personal hygiene; 8) The presence of hazards such as slippery falls, bad lighting, unsafe wheelchairs and walkers, and unsafe furniture in the resident’s room.
We have successfully handled nursing home cases throughout the state of Missouri. If you have a loved one that you believe suffered an injury, or even death, as the result of a nursing home’s failure to provide adequate care, please contact me at 314-241-4477. David G. Hughes, Attorney at Law.