Residents in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable people in society. Not only do they often suffer from physical health issues, but they also are likely to have mental illnesses such as dementia that affect their ability to remember things both in the short and long term. This makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse.
While the majority of nursing homes can provide safe and loving environments for their residents, some people in these homes do experience abuse and neglect. If you have a loved one who resides in a nursing home and you are worried about whether they are being adequately cared for, you should first take the time to understand their right to care.
The right to personal supervision
All nursing home residents must be cared for and supervised in accordance with their individual needs. This means that if a nursing home resident is not supervised adequately and they suffer a fall as a result, the nursing home could be held liable.
The right to emotional care
Everyone has emotional needs. Being denied affection and warmth can be detrimental to a vulnerable person’s physical and mental well-being. Therefore, caregivers in nursing homes have a responsibility to treat their patients warmly, showing concern for their well-being and treating them with care. If a nursing home resident is treated coldly, made to feel like a burden, or verbally abused, they are likely to suffer psychologically as a result. If you believe that your loved one is not being given the emotional treatment that they need, you may be able to file a nursing home abuse claim.
The right to clean and maintained premises
Cleanliness in nursing homes is paramount because an unhygienic environment could lead to infections in residents that could prove to be fatal. If a resident is experiencing recurrent infections or if their hygiene needs are clearly not being met, you should take action to hold the nursing home liable.
Nursing homes are held to high standards of care, and for good reason. It can be possible to claim damages for any injuries suffered if you can show that a nursing home allowed abuse or was negligent in providing care to their residents.