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Types of neglect experienced in care nursing homes

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Nursing Home Abuse |

Nursing home staff provide care and support for elderly people. Family members place their trust in care facilities and their employees. However, neglect is a concerning reality that can have devastating consequences for residents. Understanding the different types of neglect is crucial for ensuring the well-being of those in nursing home care.

The World Health Organization reported that 12% of older people experienced negligence by a care provider. Elder abuse in the form of neglect comes in many forms.

Medical neglect

Medical neglect involves the failure to provide necessary health care, medication or therapy to residents. Untreated injuries, infections and chronic conditions can worsen and lead to serious health complications or death.

Physical neglect

This neglect involves failing to provide necessities such as food, water and shelter. Residents may suffer from malnutrition, dehydration and untreated medical conditions due to inadequate care.

Emotional neglect

Emotional neglect occurs when employees ignore or isolate residents. Many are also victims of verbal abuse. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety among individuals, impacting their mental well-being.

Personal hygiene neglect

Neglecting personal hygiene can have serious consequences for residents’ health and dignity. This includes failure to assist with bathing, grooming and toileting. These actions often lead to skin infections, urinary tract infections and emotional distress.

Financial exploitation

In some cases, staff or other people may exploit vulnerable individuals for financial gain. This can involve the theft of residents’ finances or assets, leaving them financially depleted and vulnerable.

Every person has the right to dignity, respect and autonomy. Recognizing the signs of neglect is essential for protecting the well-being of nursing home residents. Family members and caregivers should remain vigilant for signs of inattention. By advocating for proper care and addressing instances of negligence, nursing home residents can receive the care and respect they deserve.