Patient abuse and neglect can happen to anyone, despite age, physical ability, or mental capacity. However, disabled residents are one of the highest risk groups for nursing home abuse.
People with physical and cognitive disabilities can pose additional challenges for caretakers. Therefore, these patients require specific standards of care.
Special care is required for nursing home patients who:
Nursing home staff must identify and be aware of the specific needs of the nursing home residents to develop standards of care that respect the patient’s needs and provide the healthiest environment.
Staff may perceive disabled residents as helpless because of their disability. This can lead to frustration, and an improperly trained caregiver may become aggressive with the patient. Additionally, staff may think of disabled residents as less valuable or important. This often leads to abuse or neglect of particular residents.
Disabled residents rely on the staff for their care, which can lead to residents not telling someone if their caregiver is abusing them. They may feel that by speaking out, they will no longer receive care, and they may become even more neglected.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse AttorneyPatients with disabilities often feel isolated, not being able to participate in all of the activities and events. Usually, because of this isolation, they don’t get the care they need and become more marginalized and vulnerable. This can mean that it takes longer for someone to notice abuse, so it is essential to look out for signs of nursing home abuse.
Saladino & Schaaf has decades of experience representing Kentuckians in personal injury lawsuits, including elder and nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one have been injured or otherwise abused while residing at a nursing home, contact us online or at (270) 444-0406 to schedule a free consultation today. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but the clock is ticking.
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