What is neglect in a Philadelphia nursing home?

Nursing home neglect is a form of elder abuse that is committed against older residents inside of an assisted-living facility. Nursing home neglect involves substandard care of a resident or any breach of duty that causes harm to a resident.

The National Council on Aging recognizes nursing home neglect as a form of elder abuse. That is, they see this as inappropriate treatment of an older adult by a person in a position of trust. Many forms of elder abuse involve direct harm to a victim in a nursing home, though neglect is a bit different.

Elder neglect can take many forms inside of a nursing home. This includes:

  • Medical neglect. This involves the failure of the nursing home facility or staff to properly attend to the medical concerns of a resident. This can include inadequate care for bed sores, infections, mobility issues, diabetes, and more.
  • Neglect of basic necessities. The neglect of basic necessities refers to the failure of a nursing home to provide a resident with enough water, food, medical care, as well as a safe and clean environment.
  • Social or emotional neglect. This type of neglect involves ignoring a nursing home resident, treating them unkindly, threatening them with isolation, constantly leaving them alone, failing to provide enough social and emotional interaction, etc.
  • Neglect of personal hygiene. This can be described as a failure of the nursing home to properly help a resident maintain various aspects of their hygiene. This can include bathing, laundry, dental care, and cleaning their room.

Any form of neglect in a nursing home is considered abuse and must be taken seriously. A shortage of nursing home staff is not an excuse, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.

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If you discover that your loved one has been the victim of neglect inside of a nursing home in or around Philadelphia, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Weitz Firm, our qualified and experienced team has the resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the case. Our goal is to obtain the compensation your loved one deserves, which can include:

  • Complete coverage of any medical bills
  • Repayment of the cost of the nursing home facility
  • Compensation to relocate to a new facility
  • Loss of quality of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the nursing home and staff members

When you need a Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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