Cary Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
Looking Out for Your Family’s Safety
The elderly depend on others for their everyday needs, and we believe we owe it to the generation before us to ensure our elderly are not taken advantage of. With American society aging, now more than ever it is important that families look out for their seniors, report abuse when it happens, and make homes who neglect their tenants suffer legal consequences. If your loved one is a victim of neglect, please don’t wait to contact an attorney. The Law Office of D. Hardison Wood welcomes the opportunity to discuss your case and see how we may be able to assist in ending the abuse. Our nursing home neglect attorney in Cary cares about the well-being of our community members and can bring negligent nursing homes and their staff members to justice on behalf of your family.
What is Nursing Home Neglect?
Studies have shown that nearly half of all nursing home residents experience abuse or neglect in some form. This is unacceptable – when you place your loved ones in a nursing home, you expect the staff to prioritize the health and safety of their residents and not abuse their power or take advantage of the vulnerable. The Elder Abuse Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act defines elder abuse as the abuse, neglect, abandonment, isolation, or other treatment of older individuals that result in physical harm, pain, or mental suffering.
The Elder Abuse Act also defines elder neglect as the failure to:
- Prevent malnutrition or dehydration
- Protect the elderly from health and safety hazards
- Assist in the personal hygiene of the elderly
- Provide medical care for physical and mental health needs
Neglect is often a result of nursing home understaffing. Nursing homes have high turnover rates and understaffing requires workers to provide care in areas they’re not trained in. Understaffing also can result in a lack of resources needed to properly train workers.
Though neglect may not seem as serious or shocking as other forms of elder abuse, it is still considered a type of elder abuse and can be incredibly harmful to the health and future of older adults. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 15.3% of elder abuse complaints are for neglect.
Common Signs of Abuse & Neglect
One of the tricky things about nursing home neglect is that family members are often not around to witness the neglect taking place. Therefore, it’s important to look out for red flags that can indicate nursing home neglect. Certain physical and psychological symptoms can indicate that your loved one isn’t receiving the care they need and deserve from nursing home staff.
Common signs of nursing home neglect include:
- Unexplained injuries
- Psychological issues, including fear of caregivers, anger and resentment, depression, and distance from family members
- Signs of inadequate nutrition, including irritability or tiredness, complaints of being cold, papery skin, and hair loss
- Loss of lack of mobility, which indicates long periods of sitting or lying in bed
- Poor hygiene as a result of failing to bathe, brush teeth, or brush hair
- Unsanitary living conditions, including dirty clothing, bedding, rooms, and common areas
Common injuries or afflictions older adults can experience as a result of neglect include sprains and fractures, broken bones, bedsores, and spinal cord and neck injuries. Older adults often are injured by slip and fall accidents, which can occur if the nursing home staff isn’t properly attending to them. Additionally, bedsores can develop if older adults are spending long periods of time lying in bed.
Call our Cary nursing home neglect attorney for assistance today at (919) 739-3643. We can give you and your case the personalized attention you deserve during a stressful time.