Nursing home neglect occurs when the refusal or failure
to fulfill a worker's obligation to a nursing home resident
occurs. Nursing home neglect also includes the failure
of the home to provide the necessary care. When nursing
home neglect occurs a refusal or failure to provide a
resident with food, water, clothing, shelter, personal
hygiene, their medications, comfort, safety, and other
key factors are not distributed.
to look for to see if nursing home neglect is present
are if you notice a family member is dehydrated or undernourished.
Any overlooked or untreated health problem may also
be an indicator that nursing home neglect is taking
place, as well as noticing the living conditions your
family member lives in. If you notice unsanitary or
unsafe living conditions be aware that residents may
be experiencing nursing home neglect.
What constitutes a nursing
home or nursing facility?
What is institutional
How can you tell that
elder abuse is occurring?
Should I contact an attorney
if a loved one has been neglected, abused, or otherwise
injured in a nursing home or other assisted living facility?
Do nursing home staff
have to report abuse if they see it?
How prevalent a problem
is elder abuse?
What should you do if you fear elder abuse of your loved
What types of damages are recoverable?
You should be aware of what rights
exist for a resident inside a nursing home. Upon admission
of an elder to a nursing home, they should provide you
with a copy of Federal
and State rules and regulations. In addition, obtain
a state copy of rights and regulations as they apply to
nursing homes in your state. This can be obtained from
the state department of health. In addition, you should
be aware of who the nursing home advocate or ombudsman
is and how to contact
I contact an attorney if a loved one has been abused
in a nursing home or other assisted living facility?
is very important that you contact
an attorney if you suspect that your loved one is
being abused or neglected
inside a nursing home. A knowledgeable attorney can
help you protect your loved one's legal
the immediate safety and health of your loved one is
not in jeopardy, but you feel that they have suffered
some form of abuse or neglect, you should contact
you let the state know about a specific
not bring you the justice
that you and your loved
ones deserve. Taking legal
is often the quickest and most direct route to obtaining
justice for institutional
The state agent handling the case is supposed to contact
the individual who filed the complaint
to discuss the complaint in more detail. Many states
tell you that they will contact you within a few days
of receiving your complaint.
The agent is then supposed to make a surprise visit
to the facility to investigate the specific complaint.
In the case that the alleged offense is found to be
true, the state will take whatever steps they feel is