Once a family has made the difficult decision to put their loved one in a nursing home, they assume that their loved one is going to receive high-quality care from health care professionals who have their patients’ best interest in mind. However, these professionals may be negligent in their duty of care. Nursing home neglect in Oregon is defined as a form of elder abuse that involves substandard care and a failure to perform job duties that puts the resident in danger.
Nursing home abuse can include more than behavior that is deemed as harmful to the resident. The concept of elder neglect is also encapsulated under the umbrella of abuse. This neglect can lead to injuries, additional sicknesses and even death of the resident in question.
The NCEA reports that between 1999 and 2001, nearly 33% of nursing homes in the United States were cited for some sort of violations that could harm or had harmed a resident in their care. The same study found that 10% of nursing homes had violations that had harmed their residents, caused them serious injury or placed them at risk of death.
Nursing home neglect can take multiple forms, including medical neglect, neglect of a resident’s basic needs, failure to aid in personal hygiene, and social or emotional neglect. While these variations of neglect can be blamed on improper staffing, negligent staffing or inadequate training, the nursing home is still responsible for the neglect of its residents.
A client who believes that their loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse may want to work with an attorney. An attorney familiar with both state and federal standards of care may review the details of the claim in question, past complaints against the nursing home and the medical files of the resident who has suffered the alleged neglect. At that point, the attorney may work with their clients to bring the nursing home to justice while pursuing the financial restitution the client deserves.