Nursing homes are supposed to provide proper care to our loved ones and ensure that they are kept safe from harm. That’s why it can be so shocking to find out that your relative has suffered an injury or died as the result of inadequate nursing home care. In one recent case, a nursing home resident died after suffering a series of problems that all indicate negligence on the part of the nursing home staff. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the woman’s estate administrator alleging wrongful death. The lawsuit names Generations at Oakton Pavillion, LLC.
According to the complaint, the woman suffered several falls while living at the facility. Some of the falls resulted in serious injuries including lacerations and an intracranial hemorrhage. The woman then developed pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, can develop when a bedridden patient remains in one position for an extended period of time. Nursing home staff are responsible for ensuring that patients are properly repositioned to prevent the occurrence of these serious sores.
Malnutrition is a very common problem in nursing home residents, but one that often goes untreated. Elderly patients may require help with their meals, which should be provided by the nursing home caregivers. Unfortunately, adequate supervision during meals may not always be provided. Older people may not eat properly. They may be taking medications that reduce their appetite, they could have difficulty chewing due to dental problems, or they may simply not feel hungry. As a result, they may suffer from malnutrition.
Prevention of Malnutrition
Malnutrition is preventable, although it must first be diagnosed. Signs of malnutrition can develop over time. A person who is suffering from malnutrition may have headaches, may have a reduced appetite, could be fatigued, and may get sick easily. If someone is not getting enough nutrition through their diet they may require supplements as well as a special diet that is designed to take care of their nutritional needs. Malnutrition can become severe and will impact the organs of the body. Additionally, the person may also be suffering from dehydration.
Care providers must supervise patients when they eat as well as examine their food trays after they have completed meals. This will help to determine whether the person is eating enough. Immediate action can help to prevent serious side effects of malnutrition from occurring. The patient’s doctor should be involved and may provide a dietary plan to be followed. In some cases, the patient will require a special menu to increase nutrient and caloric intake. The resident’s medical condition should be continually monitored so that signs of malnutrition will be noticed as soon as they occur.
Malnutrition is a sign of nursing home neglect. The staff members are not properly supervising the patient and they are not providing medical care when necessary. If your loved one suffered malnutrition or other injuries due to nursing home neglect, contact Levin & Perconti to discuss your situation.
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