Nursing homes are expected to provide proper care to their residents. Part of their job is to monitor the daily needs of their patients, and ensure that they notice any medical problems that require treatment. A resident of Bria of River Oaks died after allegedly getting inadequate care that contributed to his death. The man’s family filed a lawsuit against the nursing home claiming that the care providers failed to recognize the signs of a urinary infection, which led to the declining health and ultimate death of the resident.
Urinary Tract Infection Went Unnoticed
Nursing home staff members are required to supervise residents and monitor them on a daily basis. This means that they should be aware of the resident’s medical condition so they will notice any changes. Additionally, the care providers should listen to the residents if they discuss a possible medical problem. Any medical conditions should be reported immediately. In this case, the man suffered from a urinary tract infection that was not properly treated medically, according to the lawsuit.
Infections in the Elderly
Infections are quite common in the elderly. Unfortunately, older individuals often have a more difficult time fighting infections than younger people do. This can cause an infection to worsen more quickly. For this reason, it is essential to notice a possible infection quickly and get medical treatment immediately. The lack of treatment could cause the infection to become more difficult to treat, and some patients may not recover.
Failure to Seek Medical Treatment
Once a condition is noticed, it should be properly diagnosed and treated by a physician. Sometimes, care providers are reluctant to seek medical treatment for patients in the hopes that the condition will improve without treatment. Sadly, many medical problems will worsen if they are left untreated. Infections, such as those in the urinary tract, almost always require medical intervention, especially in the elderly. Infections that worsen can be very difficult, or impossible to treat. In this case, the family states that the man’s medical condition was not recognized, and therefore, it was not adequately treated.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect may take on a number of different forms. Inadequate supervision and the failure to seek medical attention for residents are neglectful behaviors. The nursing home is responsible for the health and care of residents. Certainly, they cannot control some health factors, however, if a medical concern is noted it needs to be taken care of promptly and professionally.
The nursing home staff in this particular case failed to get medical attention for the man when it was needed. This substandard care is also called nursing home neglect, and is should not be tolerated. The family lost their loved one due to the infection that caused his health to drastically worsen. Had the nursing home provided medical attention more quickly, the man may have recovered from the infection.
Nursing home neglect is prohibited by the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. If someone you love was the victim of neglect in a nursing facility, call the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to review your case.
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