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Description of Elder Neglect and Nursing Neglect
With the current trend of understaffing and overworking nursing home employees, nursing neglect becomes a more pervasive problem. Nursing neglect is the denial or deprivation of nursing services or medical care for a medical problem, and it is illegal.
Cases of nursing neglect and elder neglect are tragic and avoidable. Most families assume that their loved ones are receiving necessary nursing and medical care from nursing homes, but this is not always the case. Often, bed sores will be left untreated, exacerbating the ailment until it severely and adversely affects their patients’ health. Cuts must also be treated in a timely manner to avoid infection.
Nursing or elder neglect are also present when the nursing home facility fails to administer proper medication to the patient. Many patients in nursing homes require a strict regimen of prescription medication so they can survive and thrive. In numerous cases, nursing homes skimp on treatment or fail to treat the patient altogether, leading to serious injury or death.
What to do if Your Loved One is the Victim of Nursing Neglect
If your loved one has not been properly treated for his or her medical condition, or if the nursing home facility has failed to administer appropriate medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Next, notify the nursing home of the instances of elder neglect committed by the nursing home employees. You should also contact Adult Protective Services (APS). A list of Adult Protective Services’ contact information organized by California counties is provided here.
Lastly, report the instance(s) of neglect to your local state ombudsman, who is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints made regarding resident long-term care facilities. You can call their Crisis line at 1-800-231-4024 or visit the California Department of Aging website for a list of county ombudsman phone numbers in California.
What are Common Causes of Nursing Home Neglect?
As with most cases of elder abuse, nursing neglect is largely the result of staffing problems. All too often, nursing home and assisted living facilities are primarily concerned with making a profit instead of providing quality care for their patients during their golden years. As a result, they employ people who are unfit for the positions they hold and assign them too many patients as well as underpay them for their work. This leads to employees who are unmotivated or unable to perform their duties adequately, often leading to cases of elder neglect.
Contact York Law Firm
If you or someone you love has experienced nursing neglect while in a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact an elder abuse attorney immediately to evaluate whether you have a valid case. York Law Firm offers a free case evaluation to help determine the strength of your potential lawsuit.