Unfortunately, dehydration and malnutrition in nursing homes is a critical indicator of the care quality that patients are receiving in Long-term care centers. Hydration and nutrition are frequently the basis of the claims that are filed. Residents who become dehydrated will be confused, lethargic, have reduced mobility issues and are prone to develop urinary tract infections and pressure ulcers in their body. Additionally, any patient who is nutritionally compromised doesn’t have the same body fats that are stored to help them heal more quickly when they’re injured.
If someone dies as the result of the actions of another person or being, it is termed “wrongful death.” This phrase is most commonly found in legal circles. For example, if a case is brought against a nursing home for neglect or abuse, wrongful death is often cited if the patient in question has passed away. In general, these are situations where the death was avoidable but happened because of the actions of a person, group or entity.
While not all falls are preventable, long-term care settings should have assessments regarding whether or not falls in their facility could have been prevented. Appropriate measures need to be taken to ensure that patients are safe at all times. Such interventions may include alarms on beds, alarms on chairs, lap buddies, transfer with appropriate equipment from bed to chair and vice versa, floor mats at edges of beds, lower beds so that if patients do fall out of bed they’re less likely to be injured, and other appropriate measures.
Unfortunately, not all nursing homes take good care of their patients. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, keep an eye out for signs of neglect. In efforts to cut costs, some nursing homes have decreased their staffing and as a result, patients are suffering. A common sign and symptom of nursing home abuse are bedsores. These are caused by failing to keep a patient clean, well nourished and not moving them often enough. Other signs of neglect include overmedicating, malnutrition, depression, and poor hygiene.
It may be easier to compare the case of an elderly person with the care provided for an infant. While they both are completely reliant on a caregiver to provide for them, clean up after them and feed them, only the baby has an advantage of being cute, innocent and invariably charming. The treatment of an elderly person can be very different depending on their mental state and personality. This means that there are over 5 million adults across the US today suffering from abuse. There is an obvious need to stop this growing trend and come up with a preventative plan to reduce the problem. The only apparent solution is to keep your aging relative in a nursing home that is close enough for frequent visitation and close supervision. However, this in itself is no guarantee that abuse is not happening. While the situation seems grim, there are some specific practices that can be applied by relative to ensure their loved ones are safe from abuse while in the care of a home.
I STAND FOR helping victims of medical/hospital/nursing home negligence get compensation. Compensate means to balance. I try to balance the harms with the settlements or verdicts. For example: –any settlement involving a minor I strongly recommend that the parents use part of the money to purchase a pre-paid college fund for the children. I feel good about the fact that dozens and dozens of children get a college education, who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance at a good life. –One paralyzed girl I represented was being driven around in a 15-year-old van which kept breaking down and wasn’t very handicap-accessible. With the first part of a settlement I obtained for her, her family purchased her a new, state-of-the-art handicapped van and a computer system to allow her to communicate more easily. –Once I represented a man who felt devastated by his injuries. With his settlement, he was able to start his own business and take care of his family.
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“Kip” Sinclair is the founder of Sinclair Law Offices. He has lectured nationally to trial attorneys on medical malpractice and nursing home issues. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University in journalism, Mr. Sinclair worked in public relations and as a reporter for People magazine while putting himself through law school at the University of Miami, where he received his Juris Doctor degree.
Who is responsible for an injury resulting from a slip and fall accident? Many thousands of people are injured each year — some very seriously — when they slip or trip and fall on a dangerous floor, a flight of stairs, or a rough patch of ground. Sometimes the property owner is responsible for the accident, and sometimes he or she is not.
If you have been injured in this way, first consider that it is a normal part of living for things to fall on or to drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. Also, some things put in the ground — drainage grates, for example — serve a useful purpose there. So a property owner (or occupier) cannot always be held responsible for immediately picking up or cleaning every slippery substance on a floor. Nor is a property owner always responsible for someone slipping or tripping on something that an ordinary person should expect to find there or should see and avoid. We all have an obligation to watch where we’re going.