What Is Neglect?
National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) reports that “Neglect is the failure to care for a person in a manner, which would avoid harm and pain, or the failure to react to a situation which may be harmful. Neglect may or may not be intentional.” NCCNHR points out that an example of neglect includes care givers, who may actually mean well, but are poorly trained and do not know how to provide proper care. NCCNHR provides examples of neglect:
- Incorrect body positioning – which leads to limb contractures and skin breakdown.
- Lack of toileting or changing of disposable briefs – which causes incontinence and results in residents sitting in urine and feces, increased falls and agitation, indignity and skin breakdown.
- Lack of assistance eating and drinking – which leads to malnutrition and dehydration.
- Lack of assistance with walking – which leads to lack of mobility.
- Lack of bathing – which leads to indignity and poor hygiene.
- Poor handwashing techniques – which leads to infection.
- Lack of assistance with participating in activities of interest – which leads to withdrawal and isolation.
- Ignoring call bells, call lights, or cries for help.