Inadequate Medical Care in Nursing Homes
Written by Faith Anderson on July 30, 2013
Nursing Homes Fail to Meet Standard of Care
Nursing home facilities in the United States are governed by strict laws regarding patients’ quality of life, and employees are expected to provide patients with a certain standard of care. In nursing homes across the country, staff members are expected to operate in the following manner:
- Provide services and activities to maintain the highest physical, psychological, emotional and medical well-being of each patient
- Care for patients in such a way and in such an environment that promotes the enhancement of patients’ quality of life
Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to live up to this standard of care, and about one-third of all nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for instances of nursing home abuse or neglect in the past. Medical care is one of the most important aspects of a nursing home facility’s services, as many family members find themselves unable to adequately attend to their loved one’s medical needs at home. However, nursing homes that overlook or cover up deviations from proper medical care may not be the best place for your family member.
Consequences of Inadequate Medical Care in Nursing Homes
The medical care provided by nursing home staff members can range from simple daily walks to keep a patient moving around, to a strict course of medications necessary for the patient’s survival. Unfortunately, when immobile patients are left in the same position for a long period of time, they may develop bedsores or pressure sores, which can result in infection and may even be deadly. Along the same vein, when nursing homes fail to administer medications properly, patients may suffer from pharmaceutical drug overdoses, serious illness, or possibly even death. If you think the medical needs of your loved one have been neglected by a nursing home facility, contact an experienced nursing home neglect attorney today. With the help of an attorney experienced in this area of the law, you can ensure that your loved one’s legal rights are protected and pursue fair and timely reimbursement for his or her injuries.