Making the decision to move an elderly family member into a care facility is not always easy. People in Jasper have to trust that the staff and medical personnel at the nursing home will take care of the individual with the utmost care and respect. Unfortunately, neglect in these facilities does occur, resulting in injuries such as bedsores and even death. Several recent incidents illustrate just how widespread these issues are.
In a Connecticut care facility, a resident who had dementia fell and broke an arm when left unattended in the bathroom. In a separate incident, the individual was found bleeding on the floor. The facility was fined $1,160 after the state Department of Public Health (DPH) deemed that personnel did not properly document that there were interventions to prevent the individual from incurring a head injury.
In an even more serious case in the same state, a resident at another facility passed away after being admitted to a hospital with sepsis and gastrointestinal bleeding. The individual had chronic constipation, and staff were supposed to be monitoring the resident for vomiting or abdominal discomfort. According to DPH, a note made by a nurse did not indicate that a doctor had been notified about a change in the individual’s condition nor did it demonstrate that additional blood pressure checks had been completed. The facility was fined $780.
It is paramount that staff members who are entrusted with the lives of the elderly do everything in their power to provide professional, adequate care. People who feel they or a loved one has suffered as a result of nursing home negligence should immediately contact an attorney to pursue a claim.
Source: New Haven Register, “4 Connecticut nursing homes cited after resident dies,” Kate Farrish, April 9, 2014