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There Is No Excuse for Neglect or Abuse

elderNursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. The results are bedsores (aka pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers), infections, sepsis, gangrene, malnutrition, dehydration, falls, overuse of medication and physical restraints, violations of dignity, strangulation and other unexplained deaths.

Much of this neglect and abuse goes unreported or is falsely attributed to “old age.” Because nursing homes are not held accountable for their misconduct, they continue to reduce their quality of care to maximize corporate profits. The following are areas of neglect and abuse commonly seen in nursing home patients:

  • Bed sores aka Pressure Ulcers more >>
  • Infections and Septicemia more >>
  • Unexpected / Unexplained Deaths more >>
  • Unexplained Injuries or Bruising more >>
  • Malnutrition & Dehydration more >>
  • Foot and Leg Complications more >>
  • Overuse of Medication or Restraints more >>

What is Neglect?

Under California Law, “neglect” is the failure of any person entrusted with the care or custody of an elder or dependent adult to exercise reasonable care. This includes the following:

  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene;
  • Failure to provide necessary food, clothing, or shelter;
  • Failure to provide medical care for physical or mental health needs;
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards;
  • Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration;
  • Failure to supervise the patient; and
  • Failure to take measures to ensure that the patient remains independent and enjoys the highest quality of life possible.


What is Physical Abuse?

Some of the more common forms of “physical abuse” include the following:

  • Threatening a resident with physical harm;
  • Any kind of harmful touching without consent;
  • Restraining a resident to a bed or a wheelchair for convenience of the staff;
  • Administering anti-psychotic medication without consent; and
  • Depriving a resident of food or water.

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