Elder neglect is the failure or the refusal to effectuate each of a caregivers duties and/or obligations to the elder in which they are tasked to take care of. This also includes any type of failure of a caregiver in a fiduciary capacity. For example, if a caretaker’s responsibility includes paying for the elder’s bills or services.
Generally neglect happens when a caregiver refuses or lacks in performance in providing an elderly person with their life’s necessities. If the caregiver is not providing the necessities that are essential such as clothing, medicine, shelter, food, water, bathing, personal hygiene, safety or any other type of necessity that is implied or agreed upon.
When you are visiting your elder it is important to look for signs that your loved one may be neglected. The list below is a small sample of some of the symptoms and signs that you should be on the lookout for.
- Health problems that are untreated or unattended to
- Unsafe or hazardous living conditions (no running water, unsafe wiring, no air conditioning)
- Malnutrition, bed sores, poor hygiene, dehydration
- Filthy living conditions or unsanitary living conditions
- Urine or fecal smell
- Dirty or inadequate clothing
If you feel that your loved one is being abused it is vital that you report your concerns to the proper authorities. As a nursing home abuse lawyer, I am an advocate for the proper treatment of our loved ones and will stop at nothing to ensure that those responsible for elder abuse are held accountable for their actions. Call our office today to set up a free confidential consultation. If you have a case of elder abuse we will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not take a penny from you. The only way we will be paid is if we are successful in seeking financial damages against the nursing home or assisted living facility.