One of the most important functions of a nursing home is to ensure that our loved ones receive the assistance they need with their meals. Unfortunately, malnutrition and dehydration occur all too often in care facilities. These problems can lead to serious injuries or death. A lawsuit was recently filed in Cook County against a nursing home, alleging neglectful care caused or contributed to the death of a resident. The lawsuit was filed against Presence Villa Scalabrini N & R, and their parent companies. The suit seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Neglect Caused Injuries
According to the lawsuit, the female resident suffered from medical conditions while under the care of the facility. These conditions were not reported and they were not properly diagnosed or treated by a physician in a timely manner. Her medical conditions were most likely a contributing factor in her physical decline and subsequent death. Nursing home staff members should be supervising all the activities of their residents. This includes the supervision of meals and liquid intake.
Malnutrition is a very serious concern among the elderly. Proper dietary intake can be a problem for older individuals. There are a number of reasons why people may not get proper nutrition. Many people are on restrictive diets due to medical conditions. These people need to have special diets which are prepared according to strict instructions. Some elderly people have a lack of appetite or reduced desire for food. Others may have dental problems that could cause difficulty chewing. Still other individuals may need help cutting their food or using utensils.
Supervision While Eating
Many elderly people require assistance while they eat. Sometimes this can take some time, so staff members must have the time and patience required to supervise people while they eat. One of the essential elements of dietary supervision is to alert management of any problems with food or liquid intake. A doctor may need to provide some assistance by prescribing a special diet. In some instances, the staff will have to prepare different meals such as soft foods for those who require them. In this case, the woman was severely malnourished, which most likely caused damage to her organs. This type of harm happens over an extended period of time.
Medical Care Withheld
Medical care needs to be rendered to nursing home residents as quickly as possible after a problem is noted. In the case of malnutrition, it is probable that the woman resident was not getting adequate dietary intake for some period of time. During this time, the caregivers should have noticed that the woman’s health was declining and that her nutrition was to blame. They should have immediately contacted a doctor to have the woman’s condition examined. The staff either did not notice the problem or did not think it was serious. Regardless of the reason, the nursing home was negligent in the care, or lack of care, they provided. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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