Nursing homes are required to provide safe and supervised care to residents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. All too often residents report neglectful care that sometimes leads to injuries. In some instances, improper care may lead to the death of a resident. One such case was recently filed in Cook County. A woman’s health deteriorated and she eventually died after suffering severe pressure sores. The woman’s family filed the lawsuit against Manorcare Health Services – South Holland and is represented by Levin & Perconti.
Supervision Is Necessary
Adequate supervision of patients is a necessary part of the care that must be provided by nursing facilities. Every patient needs to be evaluated to determine their specific needs. Additionally, residents may have special medical requirements set forth by their physicians. These instructions need to be adhered to, even if it means constant supervision needs to be provided. Once a nursing home accepts a patient they are obligated by law to offer proper care.
Residents who are confined to their beds may face some specific concerns regarding proper care. When a patient is unable to move, the nursing staff must manually reposition him at various times throughout the day. The failure to do so may result in the formation of pressure ulcers, also called bedsores. Bedsores are very painful skin irritations that need to be diagnosed and treated immediately. Any time a bedsore is noted in a nursing facility it is likely a sign of neglect.
Although pressure ulcers start as very minor red marks, they can quickly progress and worsen. There are four stages of pressure ulcers. Stage I sores are the mildest. When a pressure ulcer is noticed it should be diagnosed and treated medically as soon as possible. The patient should be evaluated by a doctor immediately and a treatment plan put into place. In many cases, staff members are not aware of the bedsores until they worsen and become infected. By then, they are very difficult to treat.
Lack of Supervision
When there is a lack of supervision in a nursing home there are many problems that may result. Pressure ulcers are just one of the many things which may happen. Improper supervision may be caused by inadequate staffing, improper training, or insufficient management. The result is that patients are not being properly monitored and this can lead to dangerous conditions. In this case, the woman suffered from serious pressure ulcers which ultimately led to her death. The nursing home is responsible because they failed to provide the supervision necessary to keep a resident safe and healthy.
Nursing Home Neglect Case
The family of the woman claim that her health greatly deteriorated after suffering from pressure ulcers. Indeed, a patient can become seriously ill and her health may decline severely because of an infection. When the infection is due to the neglect of the nursing home staff, the facility is responsible for the death. While nothing can change the outcome, the nursing home should be held accountable for the expenses associated with the untimely death of the resident. If your loved one suffered a serious injury in a nursing facility call the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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