When we leave our loved one in a nursing home we expect that they will be properly cared for. Sometimes, that is not the case. Nursing home neglect is more common than many people think. When a nursing home resident is left unsupervised, and an injury occurs, the result can be devastating. The family of a nursing home resident, who died after suffering alleged neglect, has filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park and seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
Falls Are Serious
When an elderly person suffers a fall it can be very serious. The victim may suffer bruises, scrapes, and broken bones. The man in this case fell multiple times while under the care of the nursing home. These falls caused injuries that led to the man’s declining health, and contributed to his death. Unfortunately, older individuals have a hard time recovering from injuries from a fall. If they suffer broken bones, the recovery time can be lengthy and difficult.
Broken Bones in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are required to provide adequate supervision to prevent residents from falling. Older people may be more prone to falls than others because of medications, pain, and difficulty walking. For these reasons, nursing home staff members must be more vigilant to ensure that residents are monitored and assisted when they walk. When a nursing home resident falls and suffers broken bones, it very well may be due to neglectful care.
Resident Care Plans
Nursing home residents each have their own set of medical problems and needs when they enter the facility. The nursing home management should review each patient’s requirements and assess their risk for common problems. For example, a resident who has difficulty walking should always be provided assistance whenever they need to move about. A care plan should be developed, with input from the patient’s physician. When a care plan is in place it will alert caregivers to the potential areas of concern, and may help keep residents safer while in their care.
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect in nursing homes may occur for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, the reason for neglect is the understaffing of nursing home facilities. When there are too few caregivers, residents may not get proper supervision and monitoring. This can create a multitude of problems that could cause harm to patients.
Falls are certainly the most frequent type of accident that happens in nursing homes. Yet, falls can and should be prevented. If a resident does suffer a fall, the nursing home is obligated to seek medical attention so that any injuries are immediately diagnosed and treated. Failure to get adequate medical care can cause the injury to worsen, and in some cases, the patient may not be able to recover.
Nursing home neglect is something that should be prevented. If it is noted, it must be reported immediately. If you think your loved one may have been injured because of nursing home neglect, call Levin & Perconti to discuss the situation.
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