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This is why we focus on nursing home negligence cases

The common theme that my law firm sees when we handle nursing home cases is a lack of staff. That is to say, too many people in the nursing home and insufficient staff to care for those people.

There are telltale signs, so like anything else, your loved one is better taken care of if you are proactive in trying to determine whether if the nursing home is equipped to meet their needs.

Stop in and observe. How many people are actually on the floor? How many people are tending to nursing home patients? How many people may be wheeled in a wheelchair and left in the hallway unattended? Sometimes you hear alarms go off, but the staff doesn’t respond to it.

We project that this problem is going to get worse in the near future as the Baby Boomer generation comes to that age where they need nursing home care or assisted living care. The nursing homes just aren’t equipped to handle that influx of people.

That is unless they decide at some future time to add much more staff, which they are usually resistant to do. That’s because that would increase their costs and after all, this is a business to them and they’re trying to make a profit.

If someone you end up in this unfortunate situation, please give us a call at 1 (888) 330-6657 and we’ll be happy to let you know what your options are.

Assisted living facility fined for endangering residents

When a loved one is in need of elder care, you hope and expect that they will receive the attention and support they need in the facility chosen. In many places, nursing home staff work to the best of their ability to attend to the needs of their residents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and incidences of negligence, medication errors and even abuse can put vulnerable people in danger. If residents of Massachusetts become aware of inadequate care at a nursing home, they should alert the authorities and seek legal advice.

In Iowa, a care site has been under investigation for such allegations. The accusations against the facility suggest that the home has endangered its residents through a series of negligent acts. Their alleged failings include supplying nutritionally deficient meals and allowing non-medical staff to administer insulin injections.

According to one resident, staff would even borrow personal medical supplies without seeking permission in order to cover other tenants’ needs. The home is also thought to have been providing insufficient training to its staff and to be responsible for various forms of negligence. Documentation showed 22 medication errors within four months for one resident alone, while another resident was insufficiently evaluated after a fall that caused a brain bleed.

Other residents claimed they feared retaliation if they complained about conditions. In one case, a family called police after receiving a phone call from their 90-year-old relative. The call-light system for the home had been disabled, so when the resident suffered a minor stroke, he was unable to call for assistance. The home is facing fines as a result of this negligence, but a relative of one resident stated that she felt the punishment has been far too lenient.

This facility is in another state, but residents of Massachusetts should take note nonetheless. If you have a loved one in care, it is important to ensure they are being correctly looked after. If you suspect abuse or negligence has taken place, it is essential to act quickly for the sake of your loved one and other residents. A knowledgeable attorney can help you investigate the matter and seek the care and compensation you and your loved one deserve.

Source: The Des Moines Register, “Spirit Lake care site accused of endangering residents,” Clark Kauffman, April 13, 2014

Lawmakers in another state focus on nursing home negligence

Lawmakers are now beginning to focus on care facilities for the elderly. Throughout the years there have been numerous reports about nursing home abuse and deadly conditions at elderly care facilities.

The current focus is on California, where changes have not been made to statutes regarding residential care since 1985. Lawmakers now want to start providing better protection for elderly citizens within the state. Lawmakers focusing their attention on the abuse occurring in elder care facilities is a good sign, and may encourage other states such as Massachusetts to follow suit.

The elderly may not be vocal, and when vocal, are often ignored. Family members have made claims of finding their loved ones suffering from bedsores or other serious injuries like broken bones, bone fractures or head injuries. Events have been cited of nursing home staff refusing to give their loved ones medical attention. Lawmakers’ current efforts are in an attempt to prevent this elder abuse from happening again.

It is necessary to trust elder care facilities, but with all of the reports on the amount of elder abuse that occurs, it is difficult to do so. Families should not have to worry about their loved ones suffering from a personal injury while they are not there. Nursing home staff needs to attend to any injured residents immediately, but it seems often that does not happen.

Lawmakers fighting for the protection of elderly citizens is a great step forward, but they cannot entirely prevent abuse from occurring. Nursing home staff may still ignore residents who are injured, or physically or emotionally abuse them. Filing a lawsuit against the negligent nursing home is a step toward protecting your elderly loved one. Most often, you are their strongest advocate and voice.

Source: Capitol Weekly, “Lawmakers target care facilities for the elderly,” Samantha Gallegos, Jan. 13, 2014