Nursing homes are supposed to be facilities that provide care and supervision to our elderly relatives as they reach their golden years. Yet sometimes that care is less than what is expected. In fact, in some cases, the nursing home is actually neglectful and causes injuries or even death to our loved one. This occurred in one recent situation. A nursing home resident died after receiving negligent care at Renaissance at 87th Street. The administrator of the woman’s estate has chosen Levin & Perconti to represent her in a lawsuit filed against the nursing home.
Signs of Neglect
Neglect happens in nursing homes all too often. There are a number of signs that neglect has occurred. One of the most common signs of neglect is the appearance of pressure sores. Pressure sores, also called bedsores or pressure ulcers, start as small red marks that occur in areas where the skin is in continuously rubbing on bedding. A bedsore is an indication that an immobile person has not been moved or turned enough. Often these patients are unable to change positions while in bed and must be repositioned by caregivers. When this is not done adequately, bedsores can form.
Bedsores Led To Death
The resident in this case suffered from pressure sores that caused or contributed to her death. Bedsores begin with small red marks that are painful. If they worsen, the skin opens and becomes a wound. The wound deepens and can easily become infected if not properly treated. Medical treatment of bedsores must start immediately, before they can become infected. The patient’s doctor should be involved in providing a treatment plan to ensure that the bedsores do not worsen and that new ones are not allowed to form.
Neglect in Nursing Homes
Care providers are required to properly supervise and oversee patients while they reside in their nursing care facility. Residents who are immobile require more attention than others and should be examined often for the start of possible pressure ulcers. If a sore is noted, extra care needs to be taken to make sure that it does not get worse. In this case, the woman had bedsores that worsened and were not adequately medically treated. Proper supervision would have prevented bedsores from starting and from becoming infected.
If You Suspect Neglect
Neglectful care should be reported immediately. If you find that your loved one has any signs of neglect, such as developing bedsores, make sure that they are properly evaluated by their physician. The doctor should provide a care plan for the nursing home to follow. The resident should be checked regularly to ensure that the problem is resolved and that bedsores are not worsening. It is essential to keep your loved one safe, regardless of the situation. Contact a reputable nursing home negligence attorney to aid you in seeking compensation for serious injuries caused by neglect. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect, call Levin & Perconti today to discuss your case.
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