Unsanitary Living Conditions in the Nursing Home
Every resident of a nursing home in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has a right to live in clean and sanitary living conditions. Not only must the facility be hygienic to decrease the spread of germs and other illnesses among residents, so to must state health codes be adhered to in the serving and preparation of residents daily meals. When you enter a nursing home and a strong odor is emanating, instances of neglect are often also found. Understaffing at a nursing home can direct effect the quality of life of their residents and is often a red flag that neglect or abuse is taking place. If there are not enough professionals employed to properly care for the residents in a nursing home it is inevitable that shorts cuts and oversights will take place. Sanitary living conditions in Pennsylvania is not only required, but it is an enforced legal right for all residents of nursing homes. When claims are reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the state agency that licenses, inspects, and investigates nursing homes, an investigation will be carried out for reported problems regarding quality of care or treatment of residents. Sometimes however, the injuries sustained are so egregious that a family can loose a love one prematurely, or a loved one can suffer serious bodily harm while living in unsanitary living conditions. Bug and rodent infestations can also pose another threat to residents well being as the rapid spread of illness can be fatal to compromised immune systems. If you suspect you or a loved one is living in unsanitary living conditions you may want to speak with a Pennsylvania and New Jersey nursing home injury specialist. The experienced nursing home attorneys at Rosenbaum and Associates have for over 25 years successfully represented thousands of injured clients through the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region. Deplorable nursing home living conditions should not be tolerated call or contact us to learn more about your legal options today.
The Dangers of Unsanitary Living Conditions:
Nursing home staffs as part of their daily routines monitor the wellbeing of each nursing home resident. Instances where residents are left lying in soiled sheets, unsanitary clothes, and dirty adult diapers, can often lead to serious bodily harm such as the formation of pressure sores, debilitating falls, and even a wrongful death. Certified Nursing Aids (“CNAs”) in particular tend to be assigned to the daily care and bedside needs of each resident. If needed, a CNA will assist in feeding the resident, physically lifting the resident out of their bed, placing them safely in their wheelchair or near their walking equipment, and assist with the resident’s bathroom needs, all the while taking note of any individual changes that need to be reported to members of staff. This process takes time, but it is required to ensure the health and well-being of every nursing home resident. The resulting harm of unsanitary living conditions can be life threatening and fatal.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries as a result of elder abuse or neglect, the nursing home specialists at Rosenbaum and Associates, may be able to help you recover just compensation. In order to determine whether you have grounds for a case, please contact us online or call 1 800 7 LEGAL 7 for a Free Case Evaluation.