While they’re associated with one another, abuse and neglect are not actually the same thing. Abuse refers to the mistreatment of a person physically and psychologically. Neglect means to fail to care for someone.
- Forgetting to give an elder their medications
- Failing to take the elder to dinner or forgetting to bring them lunch
- Failing to respond to a call from a patient in a nursing home
- Not spending time with an elder or isolating them
Neglect is usually unintended, but it can be intentional in some cases. For instance, a nurse who is overwhelmed may neglect a patient because of failing to have time for them. On the other hand, another nurse who doesn’t like a patient may ignore them on purpose. One case is intentional, and the other is not, but the outcome is the same: A patient goes without care.
What should you do if your loved one is neglected in a nursing home?
If you have a loved one who is hurt or neglected in a nursing home, you should take steps to get them to safety. They may need to go to the hospital or be seen by a medical professional. Call your attorney and discuss the options that they are aware of and to talk about how you want to handle a case against the nursing home that violated the standards of care you expected.