Nursing Home Abuse
A lawsuit has been filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court alleging that a convalescent hospital in Atascadero, California allowed a woman recovering there to develop bedsores which eventually lead to her death. The woman was staying at the facility to recover from hip surgery, but later died in a local hospital from complications brought on by the bedsores. The lawsuit alleged that the facility was understaffed when the woman was a patient and that a negligent lack of care due to limited staff led to the bedsores. The lawsuit claimed that her death was directly related to the administration’s misdirection of operating funds to enrich themselves – which impacted the staffing costs and decisions.
The woman’s family is seeking unspecified damages as well as reimbursement of legal fees, claiming that negligent hiring and supervision as well as dependent adult abuse was to blame for her death. At the time of the report, the facility had not yet responded to the lawsuit.
The holidays are a great time to spend with family, which often includes visiting older relatives at nursing homes and similar care facilities. While most such organizations are run well and offer medical care and comfort for those who cannot care for themselves, abuse within such facilities is a tragic reality. As you visit with older loved ones at a nursing home, be sure to keep in mind some of these common signs of abuse, and if you see any of them, contact an experienced lawyer and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Senior Services-Area Agency on Aging for immediate assistance.
In general, most warning signs come down to the mental and physical condition of your family member or loved one within a nursing home. For example, if they seem more disoriented, confused, or excessively sleepy, then there may be some abuse in the form of over-medicating or adverse side effects. General drowsiness may be caused by illness or medication but if such behavior is new and otherwise unexplained, then there may be cause for concern.
A prominent Chicago nursing home operator was arrested in his Florida home and jailed, with no bond, accused of a $1billion nursing home bribery and kickback scam. The man is part of a family who owns nursing homes in Illinois, Florida, and Missouri. Troubles like this aren’t new to that organization which has been the subject of multiple allegations over the last twenty years, including patient abuse and poor conditions at the nursing homes.