Nursing Home Abuse:

Common Inadequacies

Some nursing homes often try to keep costs down by keeping their number of staff members down. Nursing facilities that are inadequately staffed can take away needed attention and services that are guaranteed under the regulations for nursing home reform.

Some of the more common occurrences of abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Inadequate amounts of food or missed meals
  • Insufficient amounts of fluids
  • Refusal to be taken to the restroom
  • Over- or under-medicated
  • Ignored or left in bed all day where not turned (one of the causes of bedsores)
  • Attendant light not answered or ignored
  • Not properly cleaned or groomed

Some other inadequacies include:

  • Altered or obliterated records
  • Unrealistic care plan goals
  • Failure to follow physicians' orders
  • Unexplained decline in weight, skin integrity, or physical condition
  • Failure to assess or report change of condition

Providing insufficient care to nursing home patients may be considered negligence, and doing so intentionally may be considered abuse. If you have noticed any of the above occurring in your or your loved one's extended care facility, do not hesitate to contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to protect the nursing home resident's rights.