A Cook County man filed a lawsuit alleging negligent care led to a woman’s death. The lawsuit, filed against the Glenview Terrace Nursing Center, states that they failed to properly supervise the woman and she suffered several falls. The woman resided in the nursing home from February, 2011 through January, 2014. During that time, the woman required care for Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, anemia, and kidney disease. According to the lawsuit, the falls caused severe injuries and suffered from pressure wounds that hastened her death.
Alzheimer’s Patients Require Special Care
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and one that requires a great deal of specialized care. Nursing homes must provide the care required by these types of residents. Some Alzheimer’s patients may be able to take care of all of their own needs, while others require assistance for their daily functions. For example, the resident may need help with bathing, toileting, dressing, and other regular needs. In addition, they may require help eating and throughout the day they may need attention with their mobility. As the disease worsens, the needs of the resident will certainly increase and this should be properly noted by the nursing home staff.
Medical Needs of Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home residents typically have an increased need for medical services. They likely take medications for various illnesses and these require monitoring. In this case, the woman was suffering from several illnesses which all needed continual observation. When an illness worsens or when a new one appears, the nursing home staff must be vigilant in noticing and in providing the medical care required. In this lawsuit, the woman suffered from pressure sores, which can often be a sign of nursing home neglect. When a pressure sore, also called bedsore, is not treated it can become infected. Infections such as this are quite serious in the elderly and may be hard to treat.
Falls in Nursing Homes
Falls are very common in nursing homes. Elderly residents may be unsteady because of medications or simply due to stiffness or pain. It is estimated that about 100 falls occur in a typically-sized nursing facility every year. Yet most, if not all, of these falls could be avoided. Many times, falls happen because of negligence on the part of the nursing home. Residents may need help moving from their beds and around the room. When help is not provided, the resident may take it upon himself to try to walk. When an elderly person falls there are usually severe injuries. In this case, the woman fell several times while she was not being supervised. The falls caused injuries that included at least a bruised forehead.
Violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act was enacted to provide nursing home residents with the assurance that they will receive proper care. Nursing homes must follow the rules within the legislation and are expected to use a high degree of care for their residents. This case alleges that the nursing home failed to provide the supervision required and this negligent care led to her death. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.