When you have an elderly loved one in a South Carolina nursing home, you want them to be as safe as possible. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for residents of nursing homes to suffer neglect. Caregiver neglect and self-neglect can both occur.
What is caregiver neglect?
Caregiver neglect is a type of elder abuse that can result in nursing home injuries. When an older person’s caregiver fails to provide an adequate level of care to them, it can result in a variety of physical and psychological problems. Due to caregiver neglect, an individual’s personal hygiene and emotional well-being can suffer. They may have additional medical issues from bedsores. Unsanitary living conditions are common as well.
What is self-neglect?
Sometimes, there might be a situation of self-neglect. This can also result in nursing home injuries. Self-neglect means the elderly person is neglecting himself or herself. For example, the person might not be tending to their personal hygiene or nutrition and might be hoarding items in their living space. When there’s a situation of self-neglect, it’s usually easily detected due to remarkable changes in the person’s appearance, foul odors, dirty surroundings, and more.
Sadly, self-neglect can lead to an array of problems. The elderly person might require hospitalization and could even die.
What should you do if you notice signs of neglect?
If you visit your loved one in the nursing home and notice visible signs of injuries, illness, or a significant change in their demeanor, you should report it as soon as possible. These changes might be due to caretaker neglect, self-neglect, or a combination of both.
If you have proof of either type of neglect in your loved one, get them help. You should also regularly visit and check up on your loved one.