Brooklyn, NY- The elderly are naturally predisposed to health problems, it’s just what happens when a person ages. But if an elderly person is resident of New York nursing home, there are certain health problems that can indicate nursing home neglect.
Some of the more common health problems that can signal nursing home neglect include:
- Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections
Bedsore are common among nursing home residents, especially those residents who are partially or impartially immobile. Bed sores, also called pressure sores, when pressure is applied to an area of the bony body, such as the hips, for a prolonged period of time. That constant pressure causes the muscle and skin tissue to start decaying because of the lack of circulation. If caught earlier and treated promptly a bed sore will heal and no longer causes But if a bed sore is ignored it can cause necrosis of the flesh and lead to a deadly infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, nursing home residents should be moved or turned every two hours to prevent painful bedsores, but this is not always what happens.
It is true some nursing home residents are susceptible to bedsores, but in many cases bed sores can indicate that staff at a facility is moving your loved one often enough to keep bedsores from developing. That means they are neglecting an important component of your loved one’s care and making then suffer unnecessary pain and suffering.
Frequent bladder or urinary tract infections is also a sign of nursing home neglect. Residents often depend on staff at a facility to help them to the bathroom or change their incontinence garments. Sometimes a resident may be forced to hold their urine for long periods of time and with their compromised health that can quickly turn into a urinary tract or bladder infection. Residents are forced to hold their urine or sit in incontinence garments because staff members are too busy or willfully ignore the resident’s needs.
Failing to change incontinence garments can also lead to rashes, skin infections and can exacerbate bedsores which tend to develop in areas covered by these garments.
One of the leading causes of death among nursing home residents nationwide is pneumonia, which can be directly linked to subpar oral care. A prior report by the New York Times showed that nursing home residents are plagued with broken teeth, gum disease and cavities. According to researchers, oral bacteria due to lackluster care can cause pneumonia. A condition that can easily prevented by simply providing oral care to residents.
These conditions don’t necessarily mean your loved one is being neglected, but you shouldn’t dismiss them. We suggest you contact a nursing home abuse attorney in New York to investigate and determine if your suspicions are correct and your loved one should receive compensation.
Nursing home neglect can affect all aspects of your loved one’s well-being. If your elderly loved one has been neglected in their Brooklyn nursing home, USAttorneys recommends attorney David Grossman to help you build a solid nursing home neglect claim and recover compensation on your mother’s behalf. Contact his office today and get answers to your questions.