While nursing home abuse implies some type of intentional harm to a nursing home patient, nursing home neglect is generally described as sub-standard care to the individual that results in some type of harm or injury to the patient. Some of the most common types of nursing home neglect include:
- Emotional or Social Neglect: This can generally be described as a patient being ignored on a long-term basis or emotional abuse towards the patient resulting in harm or injury.
- Personal Hygiene Neglect: This can generally be described as a patient not receiving adequate bathing, cleaning, laundry, or any other forms of personal hygiene.
- Basic Needs Neglect: This can occur when a nursing home neglects to provide adequate food or water, or to keep a generally safe and habitable environment for the patient.
- Medical Neglect: This can occur when a nursing home fails to provide adequate attention, monitoring, prevention, or medical concerns that might result in bed sores, infections, blood clots, new development and diagnosis of chronic diseases, mobility concerns, slip and falls, and many others.
- Financial Neglect: Under certain situation, a nursing home or individual may have authority or control over the patient’s financial means. Neglect in this regards can include misappropriation of funds, stealing funds, forging of signatures, or coercing or deceiving an elderly in signing some type of financial documentation.