Earlier this week we reported on a nursing home death involving a resident who was killed after being attacked by a fellow resident. We noted that the problem of resident-on-resident abuse was prevalent at facilities all across the country, including in our own area. Unfortunately, that reality was brought home this week as a news story broke about a case of Illinois nursing home abuse involving a resident-on-resident attack.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times the attack occurred at the Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center last week. According to information released by police, the victim suffered from dementia and had lived at the nursing home for the past five years. The woman was brought to a local hospital last week after being found in distress. She died not long afterward from brain injuries. Initially, authorities believed that the woman’s injuries were caused by a fall at the home. Considering the prevalence of Illinois nursing home falls, this was a plausible understanding. However, further investigation revealed that the injuries were actually caused by an assault. Nursing home officials explain that the attack involved another resident and occurred in the facility’s dementia ward. Information on the attack is still sparse, and it seems that
The victim’s daughter in this case only decided to bring her mother to the care facility after she showed signs of advanced Alzheimer’s. Just like the last reported deadly attack, this Illinois case involved residents that suffered from mental health related issues. These residents are known to have particularly special vulnerabilities and require unique care to for their own health and well-being.
The requirements for proper treatment of dementia patients are something about which our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers know well. We have worked with hundreds of nursing residents and families throughout the state whose family members have been harmed when they did not receive the care to which they were entitled.
The mental issues that affect these seniors are well-known. Nursing homes that have specific units of their facility for residents with these ailments should be well aware of the various requirements for keeping residents same from themselves and one another. There is usually no excuse for lapses that allow deadly attacks like the one that occurred at Maryhaven. Far too often these facilities have poor safety protocols in place. In other cases the homes are understaffed and do not have enough care workers monitoring the residents to catch problematic events.
Care workers also must be cognizant of the unique risks posed by each resident in the wards. For example, if there are any indications of one resident having a violent tendency or a dislike for a fellow resident, then steps must be taken to eliminate the risks. Actionable negligence might have occurred if care workers knew of some risk but did not take appropriate steps. There is little room for error. Even accidents or injuries that would not be life-threatening to a younger person in good health may be deadly to one of these residents. Their particular risks should be taken into account and guarded against.
If you know of one who has been harmed because of inadequate oversight by nursing home care works, please contact our Illinois nursing home lawyers and learn how we can help.
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