Neglect in the nursing home environment may take the form of physical, medical, or emotional neglect. Examples of physical neglect include improper assistance with personal hygiene such as bathing, failure to respond to calls for assistance or to properly position someone who is bedridden, and lack of proper nutrition and hydration. Examples of medical neglect include failure to dispense appropriate medication, overmedication, failure to address illness or medical symptoms, and failure to adequately monitor the health of a resident. Examples of emotional neglect include the failure to provide activities or encourage social participation.

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