The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimates about 95 percent of all residents in a nursing home have been through neglect or been a witness to it. Nursing home neglect is abuse involving a breach of duty by someone in a position of trust. It results when a resident in a nursing home fails to offer or provides sub-standard care to a patient, resulting in their harm.
Nursing home neglect can occur in four significant ways. One is medical neglect. It occurs when a medical practitioner fails to provide a resident with the necessary medical care. It generally results in the resident getting infections, bedsores, movement issues, and several other issues.
A nursing home may also neglect the personal hygiene of their residents. It may result in not taking proper care of the resident’s laundry, dental care, and physical care. Negligence of basic needs may also arise when a nursing home fails to provide a resident with a clean, safe environment, and enough food and water.
Lastly, a nursing home may emotionally neglect their residents by treating them unkindly, ignoring them, or leaving them alone for long hours. Such cases are common, with a primary cause being understaffing, inadequate training, or even negligent hiring.
Before anyone can admit the elderly into a nursing home, it is crucial that they carefully review a nursing home and ensure it has the best living conditions. They should assess if there is proper hygiene and if there are instances of malnutrition.
Also, they can assess if the atmosphere of the area is pleasant. If their loved one is in a nursing home, they should visit them occasionally and keep an eye on their condition and mood.
If anyone has a nursing home resident that is a victim of neglect, they should report the matter immediately. Negligence can result in serious problems such as permanent disability, depression or even death.