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Assisted Living Neglect In Alabama
Your loved one was in assisted living for a reason. Residents of assisted living facilities may be more independent than people in nursing homes, but they still need help with day-to-day living. When assisted living facilities fail to do their jobs, people can get seriously injured or ill. The assisted living neglect lawyers at Braswell Murphy, LLC fight for victims of neglect and their families.
Signs of Neglect
Medical neglect: One of an assisted living facility’s most important jobs is to make sure residents get medical care when they need it. Medical neglect includes failing to give residents their medications or make sure they get to their appointments. It also includes failing to promptly treat injuries like broken bones, bedsores and infections.
Cleanliness and clutter: People in assisted living often have vision problems or limited mobility. That’s one of the reasons it’s important for facility staff to keep walkways clean and clear of trip hazards. Rugs, if they are used at all, have to be properly secured to prevent trip and fall incidents.
Dehydration and malnutrition: Assisted living facilities are generally responsible for residents’ meals. Neglecting this basic need can cause residents to become dehydrated or malnourished, which can also result in medical complications, such as urinary tract infections (UTI).
Slip and falls: One of the facility’s jobs is to help residents clean up their living spaces. If, for example, staff failed to clean up a spill in a resident’s room even though they were supposed to do so, and the resident then slips and falls, the facility could be held liable for neglect.
Emotional neglect: An assisted living facility is responsible for residents’ emotional health, as well as their physical health. For example, the facility is supposed to plan social events and help residents maintain a mentally healthy lifestyle. Isolating or neglecting residents can result in depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.