1. What causes nursing home neglect?
Nursing home neglect happens when a nursing home resident isn’t provided proper medical care. When nursing home staff is over-worked, under-staffed, and ill-equipped, it can lead to mistakes, such as rushed or poor medical care, incorrect medication dosages, and even residents being forgotten.
2. What are signs of nursing home neglect?
When your loved one is in the care of a nursing home facility, there are some important signs you should watch out for which may indicate poor medical care or neglect from the staff, including:
- Infected wounds or bedsores
Nursing home staff members are responsible for turning residents and providing measures to avoid the formation of pressure sores or bedsores. If a sore develops and becomes infected, serious consequences, including death, can occur.
Many nursing home residents require assistance to move around. If a fall occurs, the nursing home may have failed to take proper steps to protect its resident.
- Poor hygiene
Some residents are unable to wash or bath themselves without assistance. Residents whose bodies, clothing, or living spaces are unclean or unhygienic could be victims of neglect.
- Weight loss or dehydration
Sudden or unexplained weight loss and noticeable dehydration may be signs that a resident isn’t receiving the nourishment that he or she needs from the care facility.
Resident neglect is unacceptable and dangerous—don’t let your loved one be a victim. If you suspect neglect by nursing home staff, we can help you. At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, our Ohio nursing home neglect attorneys are here to investigate the situation and determine if the nursing home is providing your loved with the care he or she deserves.
3. What rights do nursing home residents have?
Nursing homes are required to provide all new residents and their families with a list of resident rights. These rights can include:
- the right to be treated with dignity and respect by staff,
- the right to maintain control of personal finances,
- the right to privacy and to personal belongings,
- the right to receive medical care and to refuse medications and treatments,
- and more.
If your loved one’s rights have been violated while in the care of a nursing home, your family may be eligible to receive compensation.
4. Should I call a lawyer if I suspect nursing home neglect?
Yes. Nursing homes are subject to strict state and federal regulations to ensure residents receive proper attention and care. If these regulations are violated in any way, the nursing home should be held accountable for its negligence. A Cleveland, Ohio nursing home neglect lawyer can pursue legal action to move your loved one out of harm’s way.
It’s our goal to fight for your loved one’s rights. Call us at (888) 900-6075 or fill out a free initial consultation form today.
5. How can I make sure my loved one receives adequate care?
The best way to help your loved one stay healthy and safe in a nursing home is to get involved in his or her life. Plan regular visits, and take the time to get to know the doctors and nurses on the staff. It’s also important that you keep records of your loved one’s medical conditions and medications, and that you alert the staff if these change.