Based in Philadelphia, Churchill H. Huston is a nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyer, serving clients across Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
Common warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect :
- “Pressure sores are graphic, ugly, smelly evidence of health care providers’ failure to take good enough care of the elderly.”
- Broken bones are catastrophic injuries for nursing home residents.
Falls And Head Injuries
- Falls in nursing homes place residents at risk for catastrophic injury and death.
- Nursing homes are required by federal law to accommodate the needs of all residents and to provide adequate supervision of residents so they are safe.
- Urinary tract infections, C-Diff, Cellulitis, Sepsis and MRSA are infections suffered by a large number of nursing home residents.
- Dehydration increases the resident’s risk for falls, kidney failure, bedsores, swelling of the brain, shock, coma and even death.
- Signs and symptoms - unintentional weight loss, lethargy, weakness, memory loss, and change in mental status.
Abuse And Neglect
- Under federal law “Abuse” is defined as t ”the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish” or “deprivation by an individual, including a caretaker, of goods or services that are necessary to attain or maintain physical, mental and psycho social well-being.
Choking and Aspiration
- Choking on or aspirating food or liquids is a source of danger for nursing home residents.
Over - Medication
- A nursing home is not allowed to medicate residents so they are easier for the staff to deal with. This practice is known as a chemical restraint.
Under - Staffing
- Unanswered call bells, residents left sitting in urine or feces, falls, weight loss, bedsores and unexplained injuries. These are a few of the warning signs that your loved one’s nursing home simply does not have enough staff to provide proper resident care.
- According to a recent study by Dr. Mark Neuman, at the University of Pennsylvania, 1/3 of the nursing home residents studied died within six months of being hospitalized with a fractured hip. 1/3. Of those who did not die, 28 percent suffered declines in their mobility and ability to engage in activities of daily living. Broken bones are catastrophic injuries for nursing home residents.
- A recent study by Karl Pillemer and Dr. Mark Lachs at Cornell University found “altercations are widespread and common in everyday nursing-home life.”
Power Of Attorney
- A Power of Attorney is an important legal document which gives another person the ability and duty to act in the best interests of another.
- Making the decision to entrust your loved on to the care of a nursing home is often painful, emotional and confusing.