Abandonment of one or more residents in a nursing home is caused by the want of attention and care. It might be negligent as a result of understaffing or overcrowding, or it could be intentional by one or more poorly trained staff members who just don’t care about nursing home residents and their care and needs. At this point, it becomes elder abuse. We’re all human, and we forget about things, but given the nature of these facilities, it’s impossible for nursing home residents to live independently and care for themselves. In most cases, abandonment of a nursing home resident carries an actionable pattern of neglect. Here are a few examples of abandonment:
- Failing to give a resident his or her medications.
- Failing to help a resident with daily activities like personal hygiene or social activities.
- Not turning residents who are confined to bed and causing dangerous and infectious bedsores.
- Failure to provide proper nutrition.
- Not providing residents with clean clothes or bedding.
- Failure to provide bed rails to protect against falls.
- Failure to respond to a resident’s call for assistance in a timely manner.
- Leaving a resident on the floor after a fall.
When residents don’t receive the care that they need, the consequences can become dangerous in just a short period of time. For example, not administering appropriate and necessary medication to a resident can quickly become deadly. It’s the job of the nursing home facility administrators to remedy any abandonment issues and prevent them from happening again.
Other Signs of Nursing Home Abandonment
Aside from the patterns of abandonment discussed above, there are other signs that might raise suspicions of abandonment of your friend or loved one at a nursing home. Those can include a resident appearing frail and weak, depressed or apparent poor hygiene like unwashed hair, unbrushed teeth or dirty and stained clothes. Sure, you might feel that you’re imposing on a resident by wanting to discuss possible abandonment, but a local police officer, social worker or an employee of the Kentucky Office of Adult Protection Services (APS) can be asked to look into the care being provided to the resident. APS can be reached by calling 800-753-6200.
If your friend or loved one has suffered damages as a result of elder abuse, he or she may be eligible for compensation for those damages. That’s when you’ll want to contact us at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC to arrange for a no-cost confidential consultation and case review with an experienced and caring Lexington nursing home abuse lawyer from our offices. You’ll be listened to carefully, and your questions will be answered. After that, you’ll be advised on the totality of the legal options that are available. Of course, if we enter into a retainer agreement with you or the nursing home resident, our goal will be to obtain the highest possible settlement or award that’s deserved in the case.