When we look for a place for our elderly loved ones to live we try to find the best facility possible. We trust that nursing homes provide residents with the care and supervision they need. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Inadequate supervision in nursing homes is one of the most common reasons for injuries. Residents can easily be injured when there is a lack of control by the staff.
Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that provides guidelines and rules that must be followed by nursing homes and residents. The rights and responsibilities are set forth and includes how nursing facilities must treat residents in their care. The legislation also includes how violations are to be handled as well as the complaint, hearing, and appeal processes. Once a nursing home facility approves a patient for residency they must provide proper care. This may include a number of different types of care including adequate patient supervision.
Signs of Poor Supervision
There are a number of signs that indicate the supervision in a nursing facility is lacking. Residents should not have to wait for an extended period of time for assistance when walking or performing their daily activities. If the facility utilizes call buttons, they should be in working order. Observe how well the patients are attended to while you are visiting the facility. Watch to see if residents are assisted with meals as this can be an important area of concern. Many patients are bedridden. These people require regular repositioning so that pressure ulcers are not allowed to form.
Nursing Home Staff
The nursing home staff should be properly trained and the management must put rules in place that ensure proper care is provided to residents. Caregivers may be overworked due to reduced staffing or inefficient techniques. Another problem is that staff may be improperly trained in the correct procedures that should be followed to ensure safe care to residents. Turnover is typically high for caregivers in nursing homes and this can make it challenging for management to keep their staff trained.
Sometimes inadequate care is provided because of poor management. The nursing home managers must put procedures in place to make sure that all residents are kept safe from harm. There are many different ways that nursing home residents could be hurt so it is essential that all of the various situations are addressed. A plan must be put into place that requires caregivers to report any possible neglect they see and to request medical treatment for any resident who may need it. All too often a resident is seriously injured or dies because their medical condition went unnoticed and untreated. These situations must be reported immediately and steps taken to keep the resident safe.
If your loved one was hurt because of inadequate supervision in a nursing home you may be able to take legal action. Consult with the attorneys at Levin & Perconti to learn more about your case.
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