Chicago, IL- Nursing home neglect can take many forms and impact residents in a variety of ways. One possible sign of nursing home neglect is an infection. A recent nursing home neglect claim in Illinois shows the consequences of a nursing home neglect.
A recent lawsuit, filed in Cook County, the estate of a woman living in the Warren Barr Living & Rehab Center, LLC alleges neglect led to her death. The suit states that the resident contracted Legionnaire’s disease after being given water infected with Legionella. It claims that the facility was negligent because it failed to protect the women from contracting the disease, the Cook County Record.
Infection rates in nursing homes are on the rise according to a 2014 study from Columbia University. Researchers analyzed data from Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services with a focus on infections reported in nursing homes between 2006 and 2010 and found there was a significant increase in a variety of infections.
“Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home residents and, with the exception of tuberculosis, we found a significant increase in infection rates across the board,” lead researcher Carolyn Herzig said.
The largest increase was in hepatitis infections which increased by 48 percent over the study period. Urinary tract infections increased by one percent and pneumonia infections increased by Legionnaire’s is not a common infection by there have been isolated outbreaks in facilities across the country.
Herzig suggests that infections can be prevented through better hygiene and be more attentive to nursing home residents’ toileting needs. She also recommended that families inquire about the infection rates and their family member should inquire about infections before choosing an Illinois nursing home.
Because residents of nursing homes have weaker immune systems and are predisposed to contracting infections like pneumonia, urinary tract infections, septicemia and wound infections typically from bed sores. Therefore, it is critical that nursing homes and staff members take preventative steps curtail the spread of infectious diseases. Such steps include disinfecting surfaces regularly, thorough handwashing and using sanitizers. UTIs can be prevented by changing a resident’s incontinence garments regularly, helping residents to the toilet regularly when they need to go and ensuring any catheters are clean and inserted properly.
A few cases of infectious disease are common in nursing homes, but when a patient contracts an infectious disease, a family has the right to be concerned and should question the care their loved one is receiving.
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, they have obligations to give your loved one optimal care. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect, USAttorneys urges you to contact one of our nursing home abuse lawyers in Illinois to see what course of action you should pursue. Our team will do what they can to recover the compensation your loved one is entitled to for the unnecessary and preventable suffering the endured because of neglect or abuse.