What’s the Difference Between Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
Moving your loved one into a nursing home may be the hardest decision you’ll ever make. You’re trusting complete strangers with their health and their lives. But because nursing homes are often extremely expensive and appear high-quality to visitors, many family members assume that their loved ones are in good hands.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are much more common than many people believe. Both abuse and neglect are more likely to occur when nursing homes understaff or hire under-qualified workers to boost their profits. But what’s the difference between abuse and neglect?
Abuse refers to more direct forms of mistreatment. It can include physically hurting someone, whether it’s hitting or pushing them, or even sexually assaulting them. It can also include verbal and emotional abuse, as well as financial abuse that involves theft of assets, property, or estates.
Neglect is an indirect form of mistreatment, but it can be equally or even more damaging. It can include failing to bathe a resident, give them their medication, or include them in activities. In severe cases, residents may even be left alone in their rooms for days at a time with no food, water, or supervision.
While there are differences in the types of mistreatment when comparing abuse and neglect, both can be similarly compensated with nursing home abuse claims. If you suspect your loved one is an abuse or neglect victim at their care facility, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers want to help. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Can Be Matters of Life and Death
People who live in Virginia’s nursing homes are among the most vulnerable in the state’s population of more than 8.5 million. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 20,000 people live in nursing homes in the state, and many of them are in poor health due to old age and illnesses. Because of their conditions, many families are unable to properly care for them and instead rely on nursing homes to give them the care and attention they need.
But not all nursing homes are out to provide compassionate and effective care for residents. Unfortunately, many are out to maximize profits, and that’s often at the expense of residents’ health. When money is the ultimate goal, staff members may be stretched too thin or too inexperienced to handle the demands of the job, creating a greater risk of abuse and neglect.
Residents who are abused and neglected don’t just have bad experiences at their facilities—they face potentially life-threatening complications. For example, residents who are physically abused may suffer traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, or infections, while residents who are neglected may become malnourished, dehydrated, or not get the medications and treatments they need to thrive.
If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, get in touch with an experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer right away. At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help your family get the compensation you’re owed and to stop abuse and neglect from happening to other vulnerable residents. Contact us today.