Favoritism can be overlooked as a form of neglect in nursing homes, especially since it does not directly exhibit negative actions toward a ward. This behavior can adversely affect the well-being of non-favored residents and in certain instances, becomes a ground for nursing home liability cases.
The effects on non-favored wards
When nursing home caregivers show preferential treatment to certain residents, it can lead to unequal distribution of attention and resources, which may result in the inadvertent neglect of other residents.
Favoritism in nursing homes can impact not only the physical well-being of the residents, but also their psychological welfare. Consequently, this can result in serious consequences, such as illnesses, physical harm and mental anguish.
Examples of unhealthy favoritism
Favoritism in nursing homes can be subtle and appear harmless. However, if it results in the other residents’ neglect, then it is a cause for concern. Examples of these actions include the following:
- Providing extra or special care to a resident despite being in a similar situation to others
- Giving more food and other supplies to a resident, resulting in others getting less
- Allowing certain residents more visitation or free time compared to others
Even if caregivers sense a special connection with a certain patient, it is their duty to remain fair and find the perfect balance in caring for all residents.
Protect your loved one from neglect
Nursing homes should investigate and address any issue of favoritism and work towards providing an equitable treatment of all individuals under their care.
If you believe your loved one continues to be a victim of neglect in their nursing home, despite raising concerns with the management, then you can explore other remedies, including legal action, to bring justice to your loved one.