Different states have different definitions of "neglect" at nursing homes. However, in Florida, it's defined as “the failure or omission on the part of the caregiver… to provide the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the physical and mental health of the vulnerable adult, including, but not limited to, food, clothing, medicine, shelter, supervision, and medical services…”

Signs of neglect include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Failure to receive medication
  • Over-medication
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Unexpected contraction of illnesses
  • Poor hygiene
  • Depression
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