Errors happen frequently in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. An Illinois nursing home advocacy group, Families for Better Care, has found that as many as 25% of Illinois nursing homes have had at least one severe deficiency since 2012. This seemingly high number means that many nursing home patients are receiving less than adequate care while in an Illinois facility. One incident involved the death of a man who died less than 2 days after arriving at a Sauk Valley nursing home.
Nursing Home Patient Neglected
In this particular case, the man came to the Illinois nursing home after being discharged from the hospital. The following day a nurse noticed his temperature was raised and it was determined that he required insulin. This was noted on in his medical records and the facility had 24 hour access to a pharmacy. Yet, the medication was not provided. Later the same day, the man was found in full cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead. While the man did not receive proper medication, instructions provided to the facility stated that he should be resuscitated; however, no efforts of CPR were administered because the information was not properly notated.
Failure to Provide Medication
This is just one example of many where nursing homes did not properly administer medications as required. It should be noted that the majority of nursing home patients take some type of prescription medication. Nursing facilities must take care to ensure that they know the medication requirements of each resident and that they take steps to have an adequate supply of the medication ready to disperse. Improper record-keeping methods, overworked staff, and failure to be accountable may all add to the potential problem.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is a common occurrence in Illinois nursing homes. Sometimes neglect may not have a negative impact on the health of a patient. However, from time to time, the neglect of a patient can have devastating effects and may even lead to the death of a resident. Providers must take the necessary precautions to provide proper care to patients. When neglect causes harm to an individual, it may have a long-term negative impact on the patient.
Nursing Home Neglect Cases
You count on a nursing home to provide high quality care for your loved one. This includes properly administering medications, verifying important information, and regularly checking on the health and well-being of residents. When a problem happens, it may be up to you to resolve it and take action. If the facility failed to provide proper care it must be reported. When the problem has caused physical, emotional, or financial harm to a person the negligence is measurable.
If you find that a mistake was made in regards to the care that is provided to your loved one, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will assist in reviewing the situation to help determine whether elder abuse has indeed occurred and whether you can recover damages. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering that occurred as a result of the neglect. Contact the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.