Recognize and Prevent Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes are expected to provide proper care and supervision to our elderly relatives. However, nursing home neglect can occur on a regular basis, even in the most popular nursing care facilities. It is important for loved ones to recognize and prevent nursing home neglect whenever possible.

Types of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is a serious concern because it often goes unreported. Falls are among the most common reasons for injuries in nursing homes. Falls can and should be prevented with adequate supervision and monitoring of residents. Pressure ulcers are another common problem in nursing homes. These sores can easily become infected and can greatly diminish the overall health of the patient. Pressure ulcers are almost always a sign of neglect and almost always have devastating consequences for the patient.

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

There are a number of signs of nursing home neglect. Unfortunately, the victim is often unwilling or unable to report the neglect himself. Therefore it is essential that loved ones know how to recognize some of the signs of neglect. The person may have unexplained bruises, broken bones, or bedsores. If neglect is taking place the person may become more withdrawn or may become more combative.   Other signs of neglect are soiled bed linens or foul smell.  Any signs of possible neglect should be reported and investigated.

Reasons for Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect may occur for a number of reasons. The nursing home may be inadequately staffed, improperly supervised, or the caregivers may not have proper training. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care, regardless of the needs of a patient. Proper supervision needs to be available to patients when they need it. For example, a resident may need to use the bathroom but is unable to wait for a staff member to assist him. The resident instead tries to walk to the bathroom but may be unsteady and a fall occurs.

Prevention of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect should be prevented. Nursing home management and staff must take steps to provide a safe and secure environment for all residents. Enough caregivers need to be provided to supervise and monitor the needs of the patients. If an injury occurs, medical attention must immediately be sought. This will keep the injury from worsening. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect it may be necessary to file a claim for damages. Call Udall Shumway PLC for a consultation today.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Nursing Home Neglect, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at  480.461.5335,  log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.