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Negligent Nursing Home Care

Casey Woodruff

undefinedNursing homes are institutions that people have to place a lot of trust in. People rely on them to safeguard their aging parents when they can no longer live on their own. Yet, all too often nursing home staff and owners provide negligent care in order to cut costs and keep profits high. This sort of nursing home neglect can have serious consequences in the form of medication errors, poor supervision, and nursing home falls. Nursing home falls in particular can be a serious problem that arises from a lack of adequate supervision. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1,800 seniors die every year as a result of injuries sustained during falls in nursing homes.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is a serious problem that can stem from a variety of causes. One of the biggest causes of nursing home neglect is the cost of staffing. Many nursing homes refuse to hire an appropriate number of staffers because they would rather not pay the extra expense. This can lead to an inadequate level of supervision for each resident. Even when nursing homes do hire the right amount of staff, negligent care can still result from poor training or safety protocols. For instance, the overuse of chemical restraints or sedatives used to calm unruly residents can leave unsupervised residents in a position to hurt themselves.

This lack of supervision and training can manifest itself in a variety of injuries. For instance, lack of supervision can result in patients being left in the same position in their beds for too long. This can lead to bedsores, painful skin injuries resulting from prolonged pressure on a single area. These sores can damage a person’s skin and other tissues, and they can lead to dangerous infections. Inadequate supervision can also lead to caregivers making mistakes with medications. This can lead to overdoses and other dangerous complications. One other major problem that nursing homes face as a result of nursing home negligence is resident falls.

Nursing Home Falls

Nursing home falls are serious problems that result in the deaths of hundreds of residents each year, and one of the main causes is understaffing or inadequate supervision. For instance, falls often occur when residents who are unable to move are left alone too long. The resident, who needs food or to use the bathroom, gives up on getting help, and attempts to move unassisted, which can result in a serious, damaging fall. However, even mobile residents are at risk for falls stemming from understaffing. One of the biggest problems with nursing home understaffing is that the upkeep of the facility begins to lag. This can lead to wet floors, peeling tiles, and cluttered pathways that create tripping hazards for unwary residents. Properly staffed nursing homes employ enough people to keep these hazards under control, giving residents a safer environment in which to live.

Nursing home neglect can cause serious injuries and be emotionally difficult, but victims and their families can find help. If you believe that your parent or loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect, contact a Wheaton nursing home attorneyat Woodruff Johnson & Evans today to learn about your rights.

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