At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we believe that Missouri and Kansas nursing home residents and their families will be better able to recognize and nursing home neglect if they know what to look for and what causes such abuse and neglect. To that end, here are the definitions of abuse and neglect as well as the causes thereof:
Abuse: Abuse means causing intentional pain or harm. This includes physical, mental, verbal, psychological, and sexual abuse, corporal punishment, unreasonable seclusion, and intimidation.
- Physical abuse from a staff member or an intruder or visitor from outside the facility -- including hitting, pinching, shoving, force-feeding, scratching, slapping, and spitting;
- Psychological or emotional abuse -- including berating, ignoring, ridiculing, or cursing a resident, threats of punishment or deprivation;
- Sexual abuse -- including improper touching or coercion to perform sexual acts;
- Substandard care which often results in one or more of the following conditions -- immobilization, incontinence, dehydration, pressure sores, and depression;
- Rough handling during care giving, medicine administration, or moving a resident.
- Neglect: Neglect is the failure to care for a person in a manner that would avoid harm and pain, or the failure to react to a situation that may be harmful. Neglect may or may not be intentional. For example, a caring aide who is poorly trained may not know how to provide proper care. Examples include:
- Incorrect body positioning -- which leads to limb contractures and skin breakdown;
- Lack of toileting or changing of disposable briefs -- which causes incontinence and results in residents sitting in urine and feces, increased falls and agitation, indignity and skin breakdown;
- Lack of assistance eating and drinking -- which leads to malnutrition and dehydration;
- Lack of assistance with walking -- which leads to lack of mobility;
- Lack of bathing -- which leads to indignity, and poor hygiene;
- Poor hand washing techniques -- which leads to infection;
- Lack of assistance with participating in activities of interest -- which leads to withdrawal and isolation;
- Ignoring call bells or cries for help.
Although the causes of the abuse of our elders are often multifaceted, a study by the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect suggests four basic interrelated causes:
- Stressful working conditions, particularly involving staff shortages;
- Inadequate staff training;
- Inadequate pay; and
- Staff burnout.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we have been representing the victims of nursing home negligence in Missouri and Kansas for more than 15 years. We understand the devastating consequences of elder neglect and our goal is to hold accountable those who are responsible for such treatment and to obtain compensation for their injuries and damages.
If you or a loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence, you will have immediate questions. There are answers to many of your most important questions right here on this website. For more information, you should also download our FREE book, “Nursing Home Neglect, How To Recognize And Stop It.”
If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect, contact the experienced nursing home negligence lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at (816) 471-5111 for a FREE consultation with no obligation.