Nursing Home Neglect
When the time comes for you to place an elderly friend or loved one in a nursing home, chances are that the person can no longer take care of himself or herself. Thus, the older person has to rely on the assisted living staff for food, clothing, and help with personal hygiene tasks, among other things.
Elderly people can have different types of infirmities that keep them from fully caring for themselves. If the problem is mental, such as Alzheimer’s, the person may forget to feed him or herself and suffer from malnourishment. Should the problem be physical, the person may not be able to get him or herself out of bed to get food.
If someone you care for has gotten to this point, you may choose to entrust him or her to a nursing home. However, sometimes the nursing home staff fails in its duty to treat your loved one with care and respect. Nursing home neglect occurs when the assisted living workers withhold food, water, clothing, shelter, safety, medical staff, and personal hygiene from residents.
When nursing home staff are careless and do not provide for the elderly, you may notice several signs of neglect, including:
- Dirty clothing
- Unclean living facilities
- Soiled bedclothes
- Bed sores
- Untreated medical conditions
The problem with neglect is that it can lead to more serious health issues. Untreated health problems, such as a laceration, can turn into a terrible infection. Fecal matter can spread diseases. Overall, neglect is a problem that can get worse and worse.
You should reasonably expect a nursing home to treat your elderly loved one with care. However, neglect is all too real. If you or someone you know has suffered from neglect, you should speak to a lawyer about your rights. For more information, contact a Wisconsin personal injury attorney today at the firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.