Nursing homes are supposed to offer elderly or vulnerable residents a safe place to reside. For the most part, this is precisely the service they offer.
Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adhere to the legal duty of care owed to vulnerable residents. Numerous preventable fatalities occur each year in nursing homes across the USA. What are some of the more common causes of fatalities in nursing homes? Here are two:
Generally, elderly people struggle with balance. Conditions such as arthritis can make it hard for residents to move around freely. Some falls cannot be helped. However, if a fall occurred due to a lack of handrails, wet floors or lack of supervision, then the nursing home may be at fault. Approximately half of all nursing home residents suffer from at least one fall every year.
The level of care required in nursing homes can vary, and it tends to operate on a case-by-case basis. Part of the responsibilities of an institution may be to help residents take the appropriate medication on time. This requires organization, communication and attention to detail.
Unfortunately, some residents go without their medication, which can result in health complications and even death. The same can be said for medication mix-ups. It’s vital that residents receive the appropriate medication at the right time of day.
If your elderly relative has been injured or passed away in a nursing home, there may be options open to you. Seek legal guidance to find out if these harms could have been avoided and whether or not you are entitled to compensation.