The Ohio Statutes contain a long list of the rights of nursing home residents including:
- The right to a safe and clean living environment
- The right to be free from physical, verbal, mental, and emotional abuse
- The right to adequate and appropriate medical treatment and nursing care
It is the general rule that a nursing home is required to exercise reasonable care to avoid physical injury and mental distress to its residents.
The reasonableness of such care is to be assessed and measured in light of each individual resident’s physical and mental incapacitations.
The failure to provide these services can cause additional medical problems for the elderly.
Dehydration & Malnutrition
The lack of proper nutrition and adequate hydration, leading to malnutrition and dehydration are clear signs a nursing home is failing to meet the duty of care owed to its residents. If it is failing this basic duty, chances are there are broader problems with the facility.
Decubitus ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, happen when a person sits or lies in one position too long. To prevent bedsores, residents confined to a bed needs to be moved every two hours. If residents are developing bedsores, it is often due to inadequate attention by staff. It could also point to insufficient training of staff members.
A fall is one of the biggest dangers faced by the elderly. Weakened muscles and brittle bones are common in older adults. The elderly need more attention and monitoring when getting in and out of bed, using a bathroom, and walking for any distance in order to avoid a potential fall. Falls cause a host of serious medical issues, from broken bones that are slow to heal, to a heightened fear by the elderly anytime they have to stand or move.
There are a list of other issues that can lead to residents’ pain, suffering and death including inadequate staffing.
To save money, some facilities do not properly equip their facilities with the appropriate number of personnel to care for the needs of their residents. In some cases, facilities may overuse restraints (both physical and chemical) in order to make up for the shortage of employees. Understaffing can lead to unnecessary medication errors and unsupervised residents likely to wonder off and potentially harm themselves.
In other instances, facilities may fail to invest in the resources needed to properly train staff members.
The Help of a Cleveland Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
Any of the above situations could be a potential sign that a nursing home or long-term care facility is not exercising the proper duty of care to its residents as required by law.
If you or someone you know has witnessed or experienced any of the above instances, speaking with a nursing home negligence lawyer is recommended. An attorney can examine the circumstance and potential legal recourse available.