Nursing homes should be safe places where our loved ones receive the care they require. A recent lawsuit brings to light that this is not always the case. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County, alleges that the caregivers at a nursing home were negligent causing severe harm and subsequently death to a resident. The lawsuit was filed by the daughter of the woman who died in 2014. The case was filed against Alden Park Strathmoor located in Rockford, IL and the parent companies.
Negligent Care Led to Death
The woman resided in the nursing home from April, 2011 until her death in March, 2014. She required daily assistance with regular activities. This type of care typically includes such things as bathing, eating, toileting, and taking medications among other activities. In this case, the lawsuit states that the woman suffered from malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, urinary tract infections, and other illnesses as a result of negligent care. Nursing home staff workers are required to provide proper care to patients at all times. Negligent care often leads to physical and emotional harm. In this situation the woman eventually died from acute renal failure and septic shock.
Two of the most common problems that may occur in nursing home facilities are dehydration and malnutrition. Nursing homes are required to provide assistance for eating and drinking. When proper supervision is not provided during meals the result can be malnutrition. Elderly patients may have more difficulty eating due to a multitude of problems. For example, medications may lessen the appetite or dental problems could make chewing difficult. Caregivers must ensure that patients are getting the proper daily nutritional intake. This sometimes means spending extra time with the patient to assist in eating or helping to develop a diet that is more palatable. Malnutrition can lead to other illnesses and can damage the body’s organs.
The body requires sufficient liquid intake on a daily basis. Insufficient water ingestion will result in dehydration. Dehydration is a serious problem that can cause many health problems. One of the first signs of dehydration is a headache. Caregivers should be on the lookout for signs of dehydration in nursing home patients and provide sufficient liquid. Many times an older individual may not realize that he or she has not been drinking enough liquids. They may not have easy access to drinks or they may not find the options appealing. If dehydration becomes severe it can lead to the shutdown of essential organs in the body.
Negligence in Nursing Homes
In this case as in others, the nursing home is accused of not providing proper dietary care to the patient. The lawsuit indicates that the woman suffered serious injuries due to improper care. Acute renal failure, commonly called kidney failure, may occur due to severe dehydration. Negligence in nursing home facilities can lead to injury and death. When negligence is noticed it must be reported immediately. If your loved one suffered a severe injury or has died due to negligent care in a nursing home you may be entitled to money for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages. Contact the compassionate lawyers at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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