Louisville nursing homes take on a serious obligation to take care of elderly residents. All too frequently, they ignore this obligation and neglect the people under their care due to extreme understaffing. When this occurs, residents suffer from an increased chance of becoming ill, suffering injuries, or worse, passing away.
There are many possible dangers to nursing home residents associated with understaffing and the resulting neglect.
- Infections: Infections are common in a nursing home to begin with. When there is a lack of qualified staff available to monitor residents, the likelihood of infection increases substantially. Infections can strike the skin, respiratory system, digestive system, or even patient’s blood. These increase in frequency and severity when they are not addressed early and often.
- Malnutrition and Dehydration: Nursing home residents rely on the professional care promised to them when they enter. This includes even the basic requirements to life such as food and water. When the home is understaffed, these necessities can be overlooked at alarming rates.
- Slip and Fall: Patients are people. They want to live their lives and move around at their leisure. Because many nursing home residents are fragile, they slip and fall and are injured as a result. An understaffed home does not monitor their patients with the frequency necessary to find people in time that have injured themselves, thus causing the injuries to become more severe or even lethal.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?
If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.