There is a difference between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, neglect is the failure of caregivers to fulfill their responsibilities to provide needed care. Nursing home neglect lawyers know that cases of neglect may often seem less damaging than cases of abuse, but not receiving the necessary care can cause severe detriment to the health of anyone, especially an elderly person.
These cases should not be tolerated and need to be reported. Our society’s elderly citizens should be treated with respect and if, as caretakers, we become unfit to maintain the lives of our elderly family members, it is our responsibility to find them caretaker or nursing home that can.
Different Types of Elder Neglect
Active Neglect: Caretakers who deliberately withhold care from the elder. For example, not giving them essentials like food or water, not bathing them properly or often, or withholding medication. This is often motivated by the caretaker having something to gain or conflict with the elder.
Passive Neglect: When caretakers are not able to fulfill their responsibilities to care for the elderly. This can be caused by disability, illness, age, stress, or lack of resources. They may not be fully aware of the amount of care the senior needs or are in some way unable to give it to them.
Self Neglect: When the elderly are not caring for themselves and refusing care from others, allowing their health to deteriorate.
New Jersey and Philadelphia Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
If you or your loved one has suffered abuse, negligence, and inadequacy you should contact nursing home neglect lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured or worse by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.