Isolation May Be a Type of Negligence in the Nursing Home

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The elderly population is one of the most vulnerable groups we have. That’s why protecting them is of the utmost importance. The abuse and neglect of elderly people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have long been a horrible issue that is far too common. But there is another problem that has been brought to the forefront of our attention: isolation.

What is the Problem with Isolation?

Extended isolation is an issue resulting from serious negligence within nursing homes. Isolation can result in anxiety and severe depression. There is great concern that extended isolation causes the deterioration of the health of residents, ultimately leading to premature death. 

There may be a legitimate reason for trying to keep nursing home members away from one another as well as visitors. For instance, towards the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitation was prohibited to most nursing homes in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus to the residents. 

Preventing Necessary Care

But aside from these unprecedented circumstances, sometimes nursing home staff members may lock their patients in their bedrooms and not prevent them from leaving or going anywhere. This causes them to be all alone for an extended period of time (weeks or even months). When this occurs, even staff members may be prevented from visiting with their patients and therefore are unable to care for them. 

When the needs of the elderly patients go ignored and unmet and they remain confined against their will, this can be considered isolation and therefore negligence. Despite being underreported, isolation is a serious problem that many seniors must endure. Without the proper care including adequate food, drink, medication, and companionship, their physical and mental health can be greatly impacted. Those who suffer from chronic medical conditions may also be at a greater risk of facing a medical emergency.

While isolation may not be as outwardly appalling as some forms of elder abuse. Examples include:

  • physical abuse
  • verbal abuse,
  • sexual abuse of the elderly),

it is a terrible issue that needs to be taken seriously. 

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Suffered Due to Someone Else’s Negligence

If you or a loved one has suffered elder abuse caused by isolation or otherwise, it is never okay. This appalling behavior can greatly impact your life and/or the lives of your loved ones and should never be tolerated. It can be difficult enough to deal with your injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of elder abuse and understand the effects that it can have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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