For seniors with advanced health needs, nursing homes offer essential care. Good nursing homes also ensure that elderly residents are enriched by fun activities and socialization, which can have a positive impact on health.
While the majority of nursing homes and assisted living facilities take resident care seriously, not all facilities uphold the same standards. Lack of care can easily lead to substantial injuries, which is where our team at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC comes in. If your loved one has been harmed by inadequate care, we can help you find the best legal solution for your needs.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing home staff must ensure that residents remain happy and healthy when in their care. When staff are derelict in their duties, the following injuries may occur:
- Bed Sores – Bed sores impact people with limited mobility, such as those confined to wheelchairs or beds. While these injuries start out relatively minor, they can become quite severe and may cause serious complications.
- Head Trauma – Diminished mobility also increases a person’s falling risk. With elderly people, a single head injury can have many devastating consequences, including disability and loss of life.
- Broken Bones – Seniors are also more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, which increases the risk of bone fractures. Without proper care, elderly residents can easily fall and break a bone in nursing facilities.
- Infections – Cleanliness and sanitation are crucial in nursing facilities. A lack of cleanliness increases the risk of infection, especially in people with compromised immune systems.
How Injuries Can Be Avoided
The staff in nursing facilities have many important responsibilities. As a result, they must take active steps to prevent harm to residents. These steps include:
- Changing the clothing and bedding of immobile residents when needed.
- Helping residents with mobility limitations when using the rest room or visiting other areas of the nursing home.
- Ensuring that residents have access to healthy, nutritious foods.
- Cleaning and sanitizing the facility on a daily basis to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
When nursing home staff take these essential steps seriously, the risk of injuries will become much lower.
We’re Dedicated to Defending the Vulnerable
Here at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC, we have elderly loved ones just like our clients. As a result, we’re adamant about defending the rights of seniors who’ve experienced harm while in a nursing home.