Neglect can come in many forms, from failing to take care of yourself to being left to suffer by a health aide who doesn’t show up on time to help you with tasks or provide you with support around your home or in a nursing facility.
Millions of elderly Americans are abused or neglected while they’re living in nursing homes, but though there are systems in place to hear complaints, only a fraction of those issues are reported. It’s believed around 1 to 2 million Americans 65 years of age or older have been mistreated by a caregiver, injured or exploited.
Should you worry about placing a loved one into a nursing home?
It’s true that neglect can happen at a nursing home, but the majority of neglect and abuse happens at only a small number of nursing homes. What that means is that your loved one may be completely safe where they are. To help you guarantee their safety, it is smart to make your presence known at the facility and to do your homework regarding the facility’s rating and any past issues it has dealt with. Taking the time to get to know the staff, to check the facility’s quality and to make sure your loved one is getting appropriate care regularly can help reduce the risk of neglect or abuse.
Our website has more on neglect and abuse in nursing homes. If your loved one has been injured or died as a result of neglect or abuse, there are ways that you can seek compensation and justice.