Repeated Falls and Fractures
Accidents happen, but multiple falls in a short time period are a sign of negligence. Nursing homes have required care plans, and these care plans spell out whether one or two people are required to assist with care. All too often, the care plan requires two CNAs to assist with transferring, changing or repositioning, but the reality is there is only enough staff available for one person to do that job. When a resident slips or falls due to insufficient staffing, it is not an accident, but rather neglect in following the medical plan.
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Malnutrition and Dehydration
Nutrition and hydration are critical for people of all ages, but proper feeding is especially important for the elderly. Failure to adequately feed and hydrate residents is a sign of neglect that can have devastating consequences for elderly residents.
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Most injuries and abuse sustained by nursing home residents, including dehydration, bedsores, fractures and weight loss, can be linked to understaffing. In many cases, nursing homes choose not to pay for the amount of staff needed to adequately care for elderly patients, so the few staff members there have to regularly cut corners or not follow proper guidelines. Federal and South Carolina laws dictate required staffing and hours, but not all assisted living facilities follow them. Is your loved one getting the care she needs and deserves?
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Bedsores indicate failure to properly reposition or hydrate a resident, or failure to get the resident out of bed and moving about. Leaving a resident in one position day in and day out has a very predictable outcome: pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores. The ulcers deepen, skin and tissue die, infection sets in, and then your family is facing a medical emergency. Bedsores are preventable—and care should be taken to prevent them.
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