Poor Hygiene is one of the most common forms of elder neglect and nursing home abuse. Generally poor hygiene in patients occurs when nursing home staff do not have enough time to devote to individual patient care. To further complicate this matter, nursing home residents are in close living arrangement and daily activities often take place in groups.
Poor hygiene can also occur when the facilities of a nursing home are not properly cared for. For example, bathrooms may be dirty and kitchens used to prepare meals are not cleaned as often as they should be. Medical and biological waste should also be properly disposed of by nursing home staff members.
Some nursing home residents are cognitively impaired and unable to follow basic steps to maintain personal hygiene. The nursing home staff should recognize that these patients are unable to care for themselves and provide proper hygiene services. If a nursing home fails to provide these services, there may be violations of federal nursing home standards or local state nursing home laws.
Types of Poor Hygiene in Nursing Home
- Dirty kitchen areas with rampant bacteria growth
- Failure to Control Pests
- Unsanitary Bedrooms and Bathrooms
- Dirty Diapers
Signs of Poor Hygiene in a Nursing Home:
- Weight Loss
- Emotional Problems
- Soiled Clothing
Due to nursing home’s negligence, a patient that suffers from poor hygiene at the nursing homes fault may be compensated for medical expenses and sustained physical pain, mental anguish, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, and emotional distress. In a case that is serious enough, punitive damages may be sought against the nursing home.
Each state has different laws related to sanitary conditions and what is considered poor hygiene. A local nursing home abuse attorney will know exactly which laws affect you. Please see the following information on choosing a nursing home attorney or filing a nursing home negligence lawsuit.