Nursing homes are required to follow specific rules and procedures to keep residents safe. Unfortunately, sometimes a nursing home fails to abide by the law and an injury or death is the result. In one recent case, a woman resident died after allegedly receiving improper care at a nursing home. The administrator for the woman’s estate has filed a lawsuit against Presence RHC Senior Services alleging nursing home neglect contributed to the woman’s death. The lawsuit requests a jury trial in the matter.
Poor Care in Nursing Home
According to the lawsuit, the woman received less than adequate care while residing at the nursing home. The woman was not properly supervised and caregivers allowed pressure sores to form. She also then suffered from pneumonia symptoms, which contributed to her death. Poor care in nursing homes is also called neglect. Nursing homes are required to provide proper care to all of their accepted residents, regardless of their needs.
Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to protect residents while living in care facilities. The legislation requires nursing homes to provide adequate care and supervision to keep residents safe at all times. There are a number of reasons why care may be less than sufficient. Understaffing is a problem in some facilities and because of high employee turnover the facility may hire employees who are not properly trained. Additionally, management may be lacking by failing to provide caregivers with the guidance and procedures necessary for safe care.
Symptoms of Neglect
There are many symptoms of neglect that people should be aware of when visiting their loved ones in nursing homes. Unexplained bruises or cuts should be investigated to determine their cause. Broken bones and fractures are common injuries that happen because of a fall. Falls in nursing homes are usually a sign of neglect. The care providers must adequately supervise the residents in their daily activities to prevent them from falling. Pressure sores are another sign of neglect. When a person is bedridden the staff members must reposition him to avoid the formation of ulcers.
Evaluation by a Doctor
If your loved one suffered a fall or some other type of injury, the nursing home should make sure that he is examined by a doctor immediately. In many cases, the nursing home fails to have the patient diagnosed and treated, which can lead to worsening injuries. A doctor will be able to rule out any type of internal injuries or fractures that may have occurred as a result of the fall, for example. In this case, the lawsuit indicates that the nursing home did not properly assess or evaluate the woman’s condition and therefore her health deteriorated. Sadly, many nursing home patients die every year after suffering injuries that were not properly treated. If your loved one suffered injuries while in a nursing home, call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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