How are cases of Kentucky nursing home abuse different from cases of Kentucky nursing home neglect?

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Contrary to popular belief, Kentucky nursing home abuse and Kentucky nursing home neglect are 2 separate issues. If you have questions or concerns regarding the differences, contact a Louisville nursing home attorney. He or she will be able to clear up any confusion with ease.

Understanding Kentucky Nursing Home Neglect

Patient neglect can be passive or active, but both occur when a facility’s staff members fail to meets the needs of the patient (this may be physical, social or emotional). In active neglect, the staff member responsible for the patient intentionally ignores or purposefully does not meet the needs of the patient. With passive neglect, the act is unintentional.

Understanding Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse of a patient is different from neglect in that it is behavior intended to harm patients in some form or fashion, rather than ignoring their needs.

Patient abuse may occur in multiple ways, including: 

  • physical (intentional infliction of physical harm and pain);
  • financial exploitation (misuse or misappropriation of a patient’s material and financial belongings);
  • psychological (intentional mental harm or distress on the patient); and
  • sexual (any sexual activity where no consent is given or the patient is unable to give consent). 

In any case, the elderly placed in nursing homes and facilities are unfortunately vulnerable to many dangers and potential injuries. They are in a particularly fragile state because of their age and are more susceptible to injury; therefore, they need to be given a high standard of care with regard to their treatment.

If you have reason to believe that a loved one is being neglected or abused, contacting a Louisville nursing home attorney should be your next step.

Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.