Nursing Home Negligence

Once a family has made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, they have a right to expect that their loved one will not be injured as a result of neglect or abuse.

Bedsores: the #1 sign of neglect:

One of the most common injuries in nursing homes are bed sores. Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers. Bed sores and/or ulcers can develop in several ways:

  • Failure to turn an elderly person on his/her side
  • Nursing homes in New York are responsible to reposition immobile patients at least every 2 hours.
  • Poor nutrition and dehydration
  • Leaving individuals to sit in urine, feces or in wet clothing or bedding for any amount of time
  • Wounds caused by dropping a patient or rubbing his or her skin against the side of a bed.
  • Failing to properly treat high-risk patients with specialized mattresses or cushions etc.

Other forms of neglect in nursing homes:

  • Dehydration and failure to provide sufficient quantities of food
  • Over or improper medication
  • Lack of supervision leading to falls
  • Inadequate wound care leading to infections
  • Poor hygiene
  • Sexual, physical and verbal abuse
  • Financial Exploitation

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