Nursing Home Accused of Negligence in Death of Resident

Nursing home safety is of great concern, especially to those with loved ones residing there. When we choose a care center for our elderly parent we visit the location, review the brochure, and speak with the manager. Yet as careful as we may be, nursing home neglect can still happen. A recent lawsuit was filed against a nursing home alleging negligence in the death of a relative. The man died as a result of neglectful care after developing pressure ulcers that ultimately led to his death. The lawsuit claims that the nursing home did not provide adequate supervision.

Development of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores, are painful sores that develop on the areas of skin that come into constant contact with bedding or other items. They are most often the result of inadequate repositioning of a bedridden patient. When a person is not able to move around in bed by themselves they must be moved by care providers. The failure to do so could cause pressure ulcers to form.

Fall Prevention in Nursing Homes

Falls are the number one cause of injuries to senior citizens and many of these falls occur in nursing homes. While nursing facilities are supposed to provide proper care, many times they fail to adequately supervise and assist residents. Falls can cause severe injuries and may lead to a health decline which may result in a resident’s death. When a resident suffers a serious injury because of inadequate supervision, the nursing home is likely responsible for neglect.

Risk Factors for Falls in Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, there are a number of risk factors for falls in older individuals. Nursing homes and others need to be aware of the risks to each patient so that they may provide proper care and supervision.

Nursing Home Abuse and Mental Illness

NAMI_logoWhat do you know about mental health and nursing home neglect?

According to an article in Psychology Today, mental illness has become “the biggest economic burden of any health issue in the world, costing $2.5 trillion in 2010” alone. By 2030, that cost is expected to nearly triple to $6 trillion. However, despite the prevalence and costliness of mental illness—approximately 450 million people across the world currently suffer from some form of mental illness—the article emphasizes that mental health conditions continue to carry a stigma that prevents us as a society from talking about them openly and honestly. Unsurprisingly, the continued stigma of mental health or mental illness also makes its way into nursing homes, where patients who suffer from a mental health condition often becomes victims of nursing home abuse or neglect.

What can we do to prevent elder neglect among mental health patients?

Nursing Home’s Failure to Supervise Contributed to Resident’s Death

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.

How to Select a Reliable Nursing Home

The time comes in most people’s lives when they require assistance and can no longer live alone. One of the most common alternatives is to choose a nursing home facility that will provide the care and supervision your loved one needs. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are more than 1,200 long term care facilities that serve more than 100,000 residents in Illinois. With so many choices to pick from the decision of where to place your loved one can be a difficult one. There are some important considerations to think about when you are choosing a nursing home.

Long Term Care Facilities

A long term care facility may be the best option when the person requires assistance with daily activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, and walking. Another reason a person may need to stay in a long term care facility is when he requires medical aid. This type of care may range from minor help to major care following surgery. Determine the type of care that your loved one requires and review the available nursing homes to find the ones that fit these needs. Now, with a short list of options you can begin some further review.

Nursing Home Resident Died After Falling From Fifth Floor Window

A nursing home resident died after he fell from the fifth floor window of his residence. The family of the man filed a lawsuit against the nursing facility alleging negligence and poor supervision led to the accident. The suit names Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. and their parent company stating that they failed to properly supervise the man while under their care. The man died from injuries sustained in the fall. Attorneys from Levin & Perconti represent the family in the lawsuit.

Inadequate Supervision

Nursing homes must provide residents with proper supervision to ensure their safety and well-being. In this case, the man was not monitored properly and was allowed to fall from the window. The complaint also alleges that the nursing home did not maintain the window area properly, causing a hazardous condition. The nursing home should have been aware that the window was dangerous and yet they did not supervise the resident. Their inadequate supervision allowed the man to fall from the fifth floor window to his death.

Care Facility Blamed for Resident’s Injuries to Negligent Care

Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are expected to provide patients with the care they require. Each resident’s needs may be different but it is the responsibility of the provider to ensure that each person gets the care they require. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a rehabilitative care facility alleging negligent care led to a resident’s injuries. The man suffered serious and painful sacral ulcers that required extensive medical treatment.

Sacral Ulcers

Sacral ulcers, also called decubitus ulcers, are pressure sores that are located on the tailbone. These ulcers form from continual rubbing of the area against the bedding materials. Pressure ulcers start with small but painful red marks that can quickly progress if not treated. The sores will break the skin and deepen, often causing an infection. These painful sores are most common on patients who are bedridden and have limited mobility. They are often unable to move about on their own.

Negligence Blamed for Nursing Home Resident’s Death

Nursing homes are expected to provide our loved ones with the care and support they need during their elder years. Unfortunately, sometimes nursing homes fail to provide the necessary supervision and an injury or death results. The family of a woman who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence caused her death. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against The Renaissance Park South, LLC and Oak Lawn Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

Failure to Provide Proper Care

Nursing homes are required by law to provide proper care to all residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires care facilities to provide proper care to patients, regardless of their specific needs. The care provider cannot allow a patient to enter their location unless they are able to provide the treatment needed for recovery. Therefore, once a patient is accepted into a facility, he or she must be adequately cared for. The failure to provide proper care may be considered negligence.

Choosing the Best Nursing Home for Your Loved One

file000790132663Throughout the San Diego area, residents are aging and requiring care in nursing homes. According to a fact sheet from the California Department of Aging, our state is “projected to be one of the fastest growing states in the nation in total population” of seniors. By the year 2020, the California Department of Aging predicts that around 14% of California’s population will be aged 65 and older, totaling nearly 16 million people. Given that so many adults in California will need to think about long-term care, it is important that they, along with their families, have the right tools for choosing the best nursing facilities and avoiding situations of elder abuse.

What goes into choosing the right nursing home for your elderly parents? What questions should you ask? What should you look for at the facility to determine quality of care? A fact sheet from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) provides helpful information for selecting a facility.

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Nursing Home Blamed for Neglect in Death of Resident

Nursing homes are supposed to be trusted care providers for our elderly relatives. Sadly, sometimes nursing home neglect leads to injuries and even death. The son of a man who died in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit claiming that the man was not properly supervised or monitored and he suffered injuries that contributed to his death. The lawsuit names Lexington Health Care Center of Elmhurst, Inc. where the man resided.

Standard of Care

Nursing homes and other care facilities are required to provide a standard of care to their patients or residents. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act is legislation that is designed to protect nursing home residents from improper or negligent care. It offers standards which must be followed by providers regarding care for their residents. Nursing homes are responsible for the care and supervision that is given to the patients while they live in their facilities.

Neglect

Neglect is all too common an occurrence in nursing homes. Residents may require a great deal of individualized care, which the nursing home needs to be able to provide. Neglect may include lack of supervision, failure to meet the daily needs of a patient, or inability to assist residents with mobility, among other things. Many times, families or loved ones of the patient may not even be aware that neglect has occurred. There are a number of signs to look for when determining whether nursing home neglect has happened.