Receiving incorrect medication can have serious results including serious injury and even wrongful death.
Infections are typically preventable and curable through proper care. However, infections can go misdiagnosed or ignored by nursing home staff. This can cause rapid deterioration of elderly health with possible outcomes including wrongful death.
An infection which creates inflammation throughout the whole body. Septic shock can eaqsily cause death in the elderly.
Nursing home staff should maintain a clean facility, and make sure patients are properly cleaned. Each nursing home facility must have a cleaning schedule for the facility, as well as the patients.
The elderly are sensitive to dehydration and without maintaining the proper fluid intake they may slip into dehydration within hours.
Each patient must be properly fed and cared for, including a balanced diet. Staff must be trained to feed patients in accordance with the nutrition plan.
Diabetic patients can easily get high blood sugar levels which inhibits the body’s ability to produce insulin. Diabetes is a common affliction which requires special care in order to ensure a patient’s well-being.
A common injury in long-term care facilities are falls. The facility is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all patients, which is a responsibility that tends to go overlooked.
The most common injury sustained by the elderly patients of nursing homes. Bedsores are common enough to afflict one in ten nursing home patients. Although common, bedsores are easily preventable with proper care and treatment. Untreated bedsores can become very serious and fatal in certain cases.
Patients in nursing homes for long-term care are there because they require a specific amount of care and assistance from others. A lack of care causes the patient to suffer. It is the staff’s responsibility to ensure that the proper amount of care is given to each patient.
: Threats of violence and/or harm are considered abusive behavior and should be reported immediately.
Violence of any kind in a nursing home is illegal. Any suspicion of physical abuse towards a nursing home patient should be reported immediately to authorities.