A woman has filed a lawsuit in Cook County after her mother died of complications due to her alleged neglect. The suit states that the mother, a resident of Symphony Crestwood, was not properly cared for. As a result of the inadequate monitoring of her blood sugar levels, the woman went into a coma and subsequently died. The woman was an insulin-dependent diabetic and required skilled nursing care. The lawsuit cites negligent care and names the nursing facility and associated companies seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Skilled nursing homes are required to provide a higher level of care than other types of facilities. Residents in these types of homes typically have increased medical and care needs. Sometimes the care required is long-term while other times the patient may be recovering from surgery or illness. The caregiver is required to pay close attention to the patients in order to make sure that they are treated for their medical conditions. In fact, that is why many families make the decision to place a loved one into such a home – to ensure that their medical needs are constantly attended to. When proper care is not provided, the result can be injury or death.
Increased Medical Needs of the Elderly
Elderly patients generally need more medical treatments and often have ongoing progressive illnesses that require specialized care. Additionally, many older patients experience dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This diminished mental capacity can make caring for the elderly more complicated. Skilled nursing facilities are designed to provide care workers who are properly trained to handle all of the various medical and mental conditions of patients. Skilled facilities are typically more expensive because they offer a high degree of competent staff.
Diabetes and the Elderly
Diabetes is a disease that requires ongoing evaluation and treatment. It can be difficult to control and especially so for older individuals. Diabetes management requires constant care and monitoring of diet and blood sugar levels. Many different things can impact blood sugar including various medications and a change in exercise routines. This means that the elderly are at an increased risk for complications. Because of this, nursing homes must be diligent about monitoring the condition. In this case, the lawsuit states that the nursing home failed to monitor the patient’s blood sugar level. This caused the woman to lapse into a coma. However, this condition could have been avoided by detecting the change in blood sugar level and providing preemptive treatment.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When we leave our loved one at a nursing home we expect that they will receive proper care and medical treatment. When something goes wrong, the nursing home may be negligent. Negligence and abuse in nursing homes happens all too often, sometimes with devastating results. If a loved one has been hurt or has died because of nursing home neglect or abuse you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the neglectful act. Contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to evaluate your case and provide you with answers to your questions.