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Nursing home neglect is a form of abuse. It can cause permanent physical harm and it can very quickly and easily turn deadly. A delicate balance is necessary when caring for nursing home residents. They may require the level of constant supervision and care that an infant needs, yet they must also be treated with dignity and respect and encouraged to be as independent as safely possible. Nursing homes have a duty to uphold the full spectrum of these needs.
What is Neglect?
Nursing home neglect is abuse. Many nursing home residents require an intense level of care and attention. Seemingly small and simple things, such as always having a glass of water within arm’s reach, can make the difference between a resident who thrives and one who descends into a spiral of decline and death. Neglect includes failure to provide:
- Nutrition and hydration
- Protection from safety hazards
- Clean clothing and bedding
- Assistance with bathroom needs
- Medical care and attention
- Security and protection from assaults including those from intruders, visitors, other patients, and nursing home staff
Neglect can have many types of consequences including:
- Falls and other accidents
- Bedsores and pressure ulcers
- Elopement and wandering
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Choking on food
- Physical and sexual assault
Understanding Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home residents have very individual impairments and needs. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a duty to assess the needs of each resident and respond appropriately. The needs of residents change over time, and updated levels of care are absolutely necessary. If you suspect neglect, you must take action quickly. Neglect can result in a sudden, fatal accident or a rapid decline in health from which recovery is not possible.
If you believe that your loved one has been or is currently the victim of nursing home neglect in Florida, call Davie, FL, nursing home neglect attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. by calling (954) 473-1500 or toll-free at (877) 845-8989 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.