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Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where our elderly loved ones can get the care they require. Instead, sometimes a care facility does not proper care and residents can be hurt. Neglectful care in nursing homes is a serious concern, especially when there are serious injuries. In one recent case, a woman filed a lawsuit against a nursing home after contracting a serious infection while living there. The lawsuit names Alden Estates of Evanston, Inc. and seeks damages of more than $50,000.

MRSA

MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a dangerous infection that is difficult to treat. MRSA is quite resistant to antibiotics, making it a serious threat. MRSA can be particularly dangerous to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of MRSA include red or swollen areas of the skin that may be warm to the touch. As MRSA worsens the areas may become pus-filled and the infection can deepen. If not treated promptly, the infection can spread into the bloodstream and get into the major organs of the body.

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Nursing home safety is of great concern, especially to those with loved ones residing there. When we choose a care center for our elderly parent we visit the location, review the brochure, and speak with the manager. Yet as careful as we may be, nursing home neglect can still happen. A recent lawsuit was filed against a nursing home alleging negligence in the death of a relative. The man died as a result of neglectful care after developing pressure ulcers that ultimately led to his death. The lawsuit claims that the nursing home did not provide adequate supervision.

Development of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, are painful sores that develop on the areas of skin that come into constant contact with bedding or other items. They are most often the result of inadequate repositioning of a bedridden patient. When a person is not able to move around in bed by themselves they must be moved by care providers. The failure to do so could cause pressure ulcers to form.

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Falls are the number one cause of injuries to senior citizens and many of these falls occur in nursing homes. While nursing facilities are supposed to provide proper care, many times they fail to adequately supervise and assist residents. Falls can cause severe injuries and may lead to a health decline which may result in a resident’s death. When a resident suffers a serious injury because of inadequate supervision, the nursing home is likely responsible for neglect.

Risk Factors for Falls in Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, there are a number of risk factors for falls in older individuals. Nursing homes and others need to be aware of the risks to each patient so that they may provide proper care and supervision.

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Nursing homes are required to provide safe and supervised care to residents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often residents report neglectful care that sometimes leads to injuries. In some instances, improper care may lead to the death of a resident. One such case was recently filed in Cook County. A woman’s health deteriorated and she eventually died after suffering severe pressure sores. The woman’s family filed the lawsuit against Manorcare Health Services – South Holland and is represented by Levin & Perconti.

Supervision Is Necessary

Adequate supervision of patients is a necessary part of the care that must be provided by nursing facilities. Every patient needs to be evaluated to determine their specific needs. Additionally, residents may have special medical requirements set forth by their physicians. These instructions need to be adhered to, even if it means constant supervision needs to be provided. Once a nursing home accepts a patient they are obligated by law to offer proper care.

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The time comes in most people’s lives when they require assistance and can no longer live alone. One of the most common alternatives is to choose a nursing home facility that will provide the care and supervision your loved one needs. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are more than 1,200 long term care facilities that serve more than 100,000 residents in Illinois. With so many choices to pick from the decision of where to place your loved one can be a difficult one. There are some important considerations to think about when you are choosing a nursing home.

Long Term Care Facilities

A long term care facility may be the best option when the person requires assistance with daily activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, and walking. Another reason a person may need to stay in a long term care facility is when he requires medical aid. This type of care may range from minor help to major care following surgery. Determine the type of care that your loved one requires and review the available nursing homes to find the ones that fit these needs. Now, with a short list of options you can begin some further review.

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A nursing home resident died after he fell from the fifth floor window of his residence. The family of the man filed a lawsuit against the nursing facility alleging negligence and poor supervision led to the accident. The suit names Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. and their parent company stating that they failed to properly supervise the man while under their care. The man died from injuries sustained in the fall. Attorneys from Levin & Perconti represent the family in the lawsuit.

Inadequate Supervision

Nursing homes must provide residents with proper supervision to ensure their safety and well-being. In this case, the man was not monitored properly and was allowed to fall from the window. The complaint also alleges that the nursing home did not maintain the window area properly, causing a hazardous condition. The nursing home should have been aware that the window was dangerous and yet they did not supervise the resident. Their inadequate supervision allowed the man to fall from the fifth floor window to his death.

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Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are expected to provide patients with the care they require. Each resident’s needs may be different but it is the responsibility of the provider to ensure that each person gets the care they require. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a rehabilitative care facility alleging negligent care led to a resident’s injuries. The man suffered serious and painful sacral ulcers that required extensive medical treatment.

Sacral Ulcers

Sacral ulcers, also called decubitus ulcers, are pressure sores that are located on the tailbone. These ulcers form from continual rubbing of the area against the bedding materials. Pressure ulcers start with small but painful red marks that can quickly progress if not treated. The sores will break the skin and deepen, often causing an infection. These painful sores are most common on patients who are bedridden and have limited mobility. They are often unable to move about on their own.

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Nursing homes are expected to provide our loved ones with the care and support they need during their elder years. Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes fail to provide the necessary supervision and an injury or death results. The family of a woman who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence caused her death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against The Renaissance Park South, LLC and Oak Lawn Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

Failure to Provide Proper Care

Nursing homes are required by law to provide proper care to all residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires care facilities to provide proper care to patients, regardless of their specific needs. The care provider cannot allow a patient to enter their location unless they are able to provide the treatment needed for recovery. Therefore, once a patient is accepted into a facility, he or she must be adequately cared for. The failure to provide proper care may be considered negligence.

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Nursing homes are supposed to be trusted care providers for our elderly relatives. Sadly, sometimes nursing home neglect leads to injuries and even death. The son of a man who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit claiming that the man was not properly supervised or monitored and he suffered injuries that contributed to his death. The lawsuit names Lexington Health Care Center of Elmhurst, Inc. where the man resided.

Standard of Care

Nursing homes and other care facilities are required to provide a standard of care to their patients or residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to protect nursing home residents from improper or negligent care. It offers standards which must be followed by providers regarding care for their residents. Nursing homes are responsible for the care and supervision that is given to the patients while they live in their facilities.

Neglect

Neglect is all too common an occurrence in nursing homes. Residents may require a great deal of individualized care, which the nursing home needs to be able to provide. Neglect may include lack of supervision, failure to meet the daily needs of a patient, or inability to assist residents with mobility, among other things. Many times, families or loved ones of the patient may not even be aware that neglect has occurred. There are a number of signs to look for when determining whether nursing home neglect has happened.
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Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to their residents. When they fail to do so, injuries can and do occur. Unfortunately, injuries to the elderly can be very dangerous and can lead to a decline in overall health and contribute to their death. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home alleging negligence in care. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman’s estate. The woman died after suffering injuries that ultimately resulted in her death. The plaintiff has retained Levin & Perconti to represent them in the lawsuit against the nursing home. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000.

Failure to Supervise

Nursing homes and other care facilities are required by law to provide proper care to their residents. They must have staff members available to assist patients with their daily needs which may include eating, toileting, and performing their regular care activities. When patients are bedridden, they require repositioning to avoid the formation of bedsores. In this case, the woman was allegedly not properly supervised and the staff failed to reposition her while in her bed. This caused bedsores, which worsened.

Bedsores are Serious

Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers, can be very serious in the elderly. They develop primarily on patients who are unable to move on their own while in bed. As they remain in one position for too long, the bedding continually rubs against the skin in the same place. This rubbing causes a sore to develop. If not attended to, the sore will continue to worsen. Once the skin breaks, the likelihood of infection is very high. Infections such as this can be deadly to older people.
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