If even one elderly person in Wyoming suffers physical injury at the hands of his or her care provider, it is one too many. However, physical abuse is not the only type of nursing home negligence. Many other situations can lead to devastating harm or, in worst cases, death. It is therefore critical to understand the kinds of issues that may constitute neglect and also, where to seek support if a problem arises.
Nursing negligence often includes failure to provide emotional or physical care according to accepted standards for licensed caregivers throughout the state. Often, the first sign of possible negligence may be that a loved one appears disheveled or unclean. Also, if a nursing home patient constantly complains that he or she is hungry or thirsty, it definitely warrants further investigation as nutrition and hydration needs may be neglected.
There is no excuse for substandard care in nursing homes. While every state has its own regulations, there are always strict rules in place to which all caregivers and staff administrators must adhere to keep patients as safe as possible. If one or more parties is neglectful, serious injuries can occur.
It's also important to make sure a Wyoming nursing home environment is kept free from possible hazards, such as wet floors, poor lighting or defective equipment, such as wheelchairs. Asking questions and taking immediate action when nursing home negligence is suspected may not only save a person's life but may also protect others in the future. Sadly, negligence is often not discovered until injury has already occurred, in which case, justice may be sought by filing a negligence claim in court.