Nursing Home Neglect: Preventing It and Getting Help
Source: Consumer Education Podcasts
The pandemic has renewed concerns about the quality of care that residents receive in some nursing homes, and many family members have reported significant decline in the condition of their loved ones. Neglect and abuse of older adults is a long-standing problem that is under-reported and has not received the necessary attention and response from policymakers, yet it results in needless and preventable suffering and harm.
In this episode with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, we talk about neglect, which is the failure to provide goods and services to an individual that are necessary to avoid physical harm, pain, mental anguish, or emotional distress. Neglect may or may not be intentional.
Neglect is the failure to provide goods and services to a resident that are necessary to avoid physical harm, pain, mental anguish, or emotional distress. That could include the failure to provide the staffing, supplies, services, or staff training to meet the resident’s needs. Neglect may or may not be intentional.
A person living in a nursing home has the right to be free of abuse and neglect. Federal law requires nursing homes to provide each resident the services and activities to “attain or maintain [their] highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.” This resource provides a signs of neglect, red flags, and tips on how to take action to report neglect. View the fact sheet, and watch the video.
Topics: Long-term Care, Neglect, Overview/General, Prevention/Intervention, Screening/Assessment
Intended Use: Self-directed Learning
Audience: Advocates, Caregivers, Health Care, Social Services
Level: Basic, Intermediate