Nursing home negligence may put elderly at risk

There are many nursing home facilities in Massachusetts, some of which are popular for the services that they provide. Families who are unable to take care of elderly family members due to a medical condition often choose to place them in a nursing home.

Although nursing homes are presumed to be the best care facilities for elders, nursing home negligence can occur, which can place the elderly at risk. A nursing home in Clermont, Florida, has come to the attention of officials after one of its residents had to be rushed to the hospital.

The daughter of a patient stated that she had been having problems with the nursing home and had noticed signs of neglect on her father. The man developed sores in his mouth from his dentures not being removed. The situation escalated when skin ulcers made his condition more severe and he was sent to a hospital.

When the nursing home officials were asked about the charges, they refused to comment. But records show that the health officials in this nursing home have been fined twice by the state for non-compliance in the past. This raises concerns for the families of other patients residing in the nursing home.

In nursing home neglect cases, some patients may be well cared for and others may be neglected. There may be cases when the patient was not looked after or not given medicines on time. This may lead to other complications. The person may need medical attention and this can cause trauma for both the patient and the family.

Any person injured in a nursing home due to the negligence of its workers or staff may be eligible file a claim for damages from the facility. In this situation, the person may be able to file for compensation for damages such as medical expenses and mental trauma.

Source: WFTV, “Clermont nursing facility investigated following resident’s hospitalization,” Jan. 8, 2013