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What are the risks associated with nursing home care?

There may come a time when your loved one needs to move to a nursing home in order to receive round-the-clock care; however, nursing homes are not without risks. Here's what you need to know.

Taking care of an elderly relative can be emotionally, physically, and financially challenging. In some cases, properly caring for a loved one at home may not be possible and your relative's physician may recommend that you consider nursing home care. While nursing homes are designed to help ensure that your loved one is cared for appropriately, you may feel concerned about nursing home malpractice.It's important to understand that although nursing homes are known for ensuring your relative has a safe place to live where they receive round-the-clock care, malpractice issues do sometimes arise. Here's what you need to know.

Low staffing issues

It's always important that you select a nursing home that has both a large number of team members, as well as highly qualified team members. The people who work at a nursing home are responsible for the well-being of your loved one. Make sure you choose a location where your relative feels comfortable and receives prompt attention when they need it. Staff members should be kind, friendly, and knowledgeable. If you tour a nursing home and notice that staff members seem frustrated, anxious, or abrupt, the location may be having issues with staffing. This can lead to problems with malpractice and poor quality of care in the future, so be wary.

Bruising or fractures

When a loved one is not being properly cared for or monitored, accidents can happen. Most often, these accidents become obvious when someone experiences unexplained bruising or fractures. Pay careful attention when you visit your loved one. Note any bruising or strange injuries, as these can be symptoms that the facility is not administering proper care. If staff members are not assisting residents as they perform daily tasks, elderly residents may slip, fall, or become hurt while trying to engage in their normal activities. One of the reasons that families choose to place their loved ones in a nursing home facility is for safety concerns, so pay careful attention if you suspect your relative is not being properly cared for.

Infectious Illnesses

One of the biggest risks associated with nursing home living is the spread of infectious diseases and viruses. Understand that anytime people live in close proximity to one another, they are at risk to become ill. This is especially true among elderly residents who may have weakened immune systems. Nursing home facilities need to be prepared to minimize the spread of illnesses through proper patient monitoring and careful sanitation. When a nursing home neglects to properly monitor their residents or fails to sanitize the facilities appropriately, illnesses can spread quickly.

Make sure you take the time to consider your options before you place a loved one in a nursing home facility. It's also important that you pay careful attention when your loved one is at the facility. If you suspect medical malpractice or nursing home abuse, it's important to reach out as soon as possible to an attorney you trust who can help guide you.

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