Finding the right nursing home can be a challenging and stressful process. After all, you want to make sure that the home can provide your loved one with all the medical care, practical assistance, and emotional support he or she requires.
Of course, you will also want to ensure that the nursing home does not have a track record of negligence.
While you will certainly be able to find the right home for your loved one, with time and effort, you should be aware of the kinds of negligence that can potentially occur at nursing homes.
Here are five of the most common types of negligence you should know about.
1. Risks Caused by Understaffing
If you or a loved one becomes the victim of nursing home negligence, regardless of the type of negligence, you should get assistance from an experienced and skillful lawyer that specializes in nursing home negligence, injuries, and abuse.
When you have a nursing home lawyer on board, he or she will be able to help you or your loved one claim compensation and make an individual or organization accountable for their actions.
One common type of negligence is putting nursing home residents at risk due to understaffing. Unfortunately, nursing homes can often be understaffed. That is often because the facilities are trying to save money. But understaffing can have disastrous consequences for residents.
The residents could be vulnerable due to impaired cognitive function, decreased mobility, or not having their daily needs met, for example.
By simply increasing staffing, such problems can be avoided.
When nursing home members of staff do not give residents the attention they need, the residents can develop bedsores.
The pressure ulcers arise when people are too weak to adjust their bodies while in bed or in a static position, such as being in a wheelchair.
Nursing home members of staff should frequently help residents with mobility issues to move around in order to prevent bedsores. When they do not, they are being negligent and allowing the health issue of bedsores to occur.
A specialist lawyer can help you determine whether your loved one’s bedsores are a result of nursing home negligence.
3. Emotional and Psychological Abuse
Negligence at nursing homes is not just about actions or a lack of action causing residents physical harm. It is also about causing residents emotional harm.
Unfortunately, verbal or psychological abuse can be common in nursing homes. In turn, that can cause major emotional harm to residents.
When members of staff are overworked or stressed, they can take things out on the residents. That is one reason why full staffing at nursing home facilities is so important.
4. Falls and Fall-related Injuries
Just one fall can cause a nursing home resident to gain injuries that are life-changing. The sad thing is many falls at nursing homes are preventable.
When they are a result of a lack of quality care or supervision, the falls can be counted as negligence.
Fall injuries are not always the fault of individual members of staff. Sometimes the nursing home itself can be responsible. For instance, when poor lighting is the cause of a resident falling and becoming injured, the nursing home facility could be responsible.
5. Medication Errors
When nursing home members of staff fail to provide residents with medication or give residents the wrong amount of medication, it can result in serious and even fatal health problems.
Overdosing, under-dosing, administering medication to the wrong resident, and using expired medications can all also contribute to medication negligence.