Neglect is a kind of mistreatment that elders may struggle with as they grow older and rely more on others. There are several kinds of neglect that could affect an elderly person.
Some kinds of neglect that may impact an elder include:
- Emotional neglect
- Financial neglect
- Physical neglect
When elder self-neglect is a problem, it’s important for nursing homes and caregivers to recognize that the individual needs more supportive care.
When is it important to call 911 and report neglect?
It is important to report neglect when it is putting your loved one in danger. Some specific times to report neglect include:
- When an elder has the sudden inability to care for themselves
- When an elder appears malnourished, has sudden weight loss and seems hungry
- When an elder does not take prescribed medications or nutritional supplements or is not given them by a care provider
- When the elder’s caregivers fail to arrive or disappear without notice
- When the elder is disoriented or confused
- If the elder appears with soiled clothing or is disheveled
- If neighbors notice that the elder has lost contact with them or others that they typically speak with or see regularly
What should you do if your loved one is hurt due to the neglect of a caregiver or medical provider?
It is important to speak up for those who may be unable to do so for themselves. If your loved one is harmed as a result of neglect, your attorney can help you file a claim and focus on getting your loved one the support they need.