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What Are The Common Signs Of Neglect And Abuse?

Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. Often the results are bedsores (also known as 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 often 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:

What is Neglect?

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

  • 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.

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What is Physical Abuse?

Some of the more common forms of "physical abuse" include:

  • 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.


The mistreatment of vulnerable adults is a travesty in modern society. The elder abuse attorneys at The Gebler Firm, PC, are committed to achieving justice for victims and their families.

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If you suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a long-term care facility, schedule a free consultation with an experienced elder abuse lawyer by calling 818-876-9600, or you can send us an online consultation request. With offices in Calabasas and Long Beach, we represent individuals and families throughout Southern California.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the medical information is intended to be a substitute for professional medical judgment. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.


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