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By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner

Sometimes abuse or neglect occurs in even the best facil­ities. Signs of abuse or neglect can be obvious – bedsores, open wounds, bruises, burns, fractures – but sometimes signs can be more subtle – withdrawal, depression or anxiety, dehydration or malnu­trition, torn, stained or dirty clothing or bed linens.

Neglect means the failure of a facility to provide the required level of care. Common examples of neglect include:

  • Failing to turn and reposition a patient who is unable to do so himself or herself, failing to provide appro­priate pressure reduction surfaces such as mattresses or seat cushions and failing to appro­pri­ately examine a patient or respond when warning signs are present, all often resulting in bedsores;
  • Failing to provide adequate nutrition or dehydration;
  • Failing to prevent falls; or,
  • Failing to provide medica­tions or other necessary treat­ments ordered by a physician.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you have the right to hold the facility accountable.